"The pure joy and almost childlike playfulness of speech-making is evident in every poem. On the other hand, the mind in these poems wrestles relentlessly with sense, trying to find sense, trying to uncover meaning through various uses of intense perception, finely crafted description, and lyric resolution. . . . The poems in this collection transfigure the world, allowing the reader to experience landscapes haunted by a passionate interiority."
—Li-Young Lee, from the introduction to Cold Work
The poems in this collection are meditations on the natural world, written from the perspective of what Li-Young Lee has aptly termed “a passionate interiority.” The history and geography of the American West inspire many of the poems’ investigations of the environment and the role of the individual in relation to that environment. In Cecily Parks’s landscape made strange by human consciousness, being lost is a requirement, though not a guarantee, of being found.
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