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The Way North: Collected Upper Peninsula New Works

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Michigan's Upper Peninsula is distinct from the rest of the state in geography, climate, and culture, including a unique and thriving creative writing community. In The Way North: Collected Upper Peninsula New Works, editor Ron Riekki presents poetry, fiction, and non-fiction from memorable, varied voices that are writing from and about Michigan's Upper Peninsula. In all, ...more
Paperback, 262 pages
Published May 1st 2013 by Wayne State University Press
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Pam I am still reading and especially re-reading the poetry section, only a few of them really touched me. The "stories" were mostly very good, I…moreI am still reading and especially re-reading the poetry section, only a few of them really touched me. The "stories" were mostly very good, I especially liked I Know How Lemmings Winter, and The Possibility of Wolves. Because this is an anthology of poetry and short stories, it is easy to pick up and set aside when duty calls. I would recommend. I got this thru interlibrary loan. (less)
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Pam
Apr 18, 2018 rated it it was ok
Hard to assign stars to this collection as it was very uneven, some really good, others not at all.
Scott Southard
Jan 15, 2014 rated it liked it
Recently I reviewed this collection for WKAR's Current State.

You can listen to my review here: http://wkar.org/post/book-review-way-....

The review is also included below.

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Reviewing a literary collection can feel a lot like reviewing a local talent show.

It can be hard to sum up the entire experience, since every act is unique, and it is unfair to compare the performers to each other; even though we all do it, no matter what the focus of the talent show is or the age of those involved. And like
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Jul 29, 2013 rated it really liked it
I gave this book 4 stars for two basic reasons. As is the case with almost any collections of this type, there are some 'soft spots' among some exquisite works. Also, I found most of the poetry to be second rate. In the prose section, I found "Systematic Botany" and "The Wanderer" by Ellen Airgood, "Watching Us" by Steve Hamilton, "I Know How Lemmings Winter" by Linda Johnson, "The Hitchhiker" by Ron Johnson, "Deadfall" by L.E. Kimball and "Tug" by Janice Repka to be particularly noteworthy and ...more
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I only read one of the short stories; the story was by L.E. Kimball. Very quirky and imaginative, yet still, like her other works, too cryptic. Come on Lynnie let your readers in on the mystery a little bit more. You have a fine imagination. You always work on the big payoff at the end, but as a reader I need to have small victories along the way.
Shana
Dec 12, 2013 rated it it was ok
way too depressing
i gave up and didn't finish it
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Aug 03, 2013 rated it really liked it
A great collection of short stories and poetry by UP connected authors. Wonderful discussion with a group of friends this past week after reading it.
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Ron Riekki’s books include U.P.: a novel (Ghost Road Press) and Posttraumatic: A Memoir (Hoot ‘n’ Waddle/Four Chambers Press), as well as the upcoming hybrid collection My Ancestors are Reindeer Herders and I Am Melting in Extinction (Loyola University Maryland’s Apprentice House Press, 2019) and the poetry book i have been warned not to write about this (Main Street Rag, 2020). Riekki co-edited U ...more
“Wawashkesh
these apples are
for you,
red on the white
snow,
their cider tang
will find you
in the gray woods.
There is a story
how a snake
offered an apple,
so sweet, so cold,
those bite was
sorrow.

--excerpt from Eric Gadzinski's poem "Wawashkeshgiwis" from The Way North”
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