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Poetry. On Kirsten Dierking's collection of poems NORTHERN ORACLE: "Kirsten Dierking's poems often focus on the small things, the unnoticed natural world around her, 'the unknowable swimmers' in the water beneath the canoe, or the realization of the 'glorious spirit' inside a wild flower. It is this seeing that gives her poems their joy. But it is the unflinching realizati ...more
Paperback, 78 pages
Published November 1st 2007 by Spout Press
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In her second book of poetry, Dierking proves with intensity her ability to boil down a feeling, moment, or situation into a perfectly distilled essence. Short but never slight, her poems often start with an external trigger--a gull flying, a certain wind, a poem read--and move into the narrator's thoughts and reflections. Crafted with common and accessible language, these poems live consciously in the material world, grounded in nature and the body, while dreaming of the eternal. Dierking, an a ...more