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In her debut collection of poetry, Katherine Riegel explores the secrets that lurk in the wide-open spaces of the Midwest, images of prairie as ocean never far from the surface-as James Wright wrote, "Where is the sea, that once solved the whole loneliness/Of the Midwest?" Here are fairytale doors that lead to horses and clover, sensuality and regret. Here, among the drift ...more
Paperback, 96 pages
Published September 26th 2010 by Futurecycle Press
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Diane Kistner
Jul 04, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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GREETING

Drive down a lightly graveled road
between a field of corn and a field of soybeans.
Turn off the engine. Open
the windows. This is very important.
How else can you
smell the purple clover?
Your life is a tree
in all this open space.
And the birds—
sparrows and red-winged blackbirds, robins,
mourning doves, swallows—
they do not need your life.
This is a good
thing. You are lonely enough
for yourself to bear.
It is June.
Stay until the corn
is so tall a child could
walk into it and disappear.
I
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Donald Armfield
Apr 02, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Castaway is memories of growing up, childhood in the landscapes of Illinois. Riegel's work is excellence at its best.

Ambrosia
They say we have finished becoming by age seven. We are the tree in the front yard by then - drag queen spectacle at christmas pale fingered in the spring, dark green secrets in the summer - but never any different bark, leaves of another species, arms the shape of castle spires.

How to Follow the Rules
Sleep through mornings that show you one dull path, the one you think y
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Katherine--Katie--Riegel is a poet, writer, blogger, editor, educator, meditator, Midwesterner, and Anglophile. She's the author of four books and currently lives with her husband in Memphis, Tennessee, though her heart is spread out among friends, family, and landscape in Illinois, Florida, and Yorkshire as well.
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