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ISBN (paperback): 0-9669419-6-9
About the Book
Winner of the 2003 Autumn House Poetry Prize, selected by Naomi Shihab Nye
Deborah Slicer’s poems are brilliant and breathtaking, original and haunting, riveted with meaning and music. Once I had read this truly stunning manuscript, the poems inhabited me; I kept rereading them. Such a discovery in the world of poetry is cause for joyous celebration.
–Naomi Shihab Nye
There’s a wild, unpredictable exuberance in these wonderful poems, one formed of equal parts grief and joy. Slicer says of a giant Percheron stallion: “He’s made from endurance/like a hummingbird.” You can’t argue with an intelligence that alert — you can only startle and bow, grateful that imagination and language still serve, still proclaim the sacramental anguish of this world.
About the Author
The White Calf Kicks, Deborah Slicer’s first book, was selected by Naomi Shihab Nye as the winner of the 2003 Autumn House Poetry Prize. Garrison Keillor has included selections from The White Calf Kicks in his nationally syndicated radio show Writer’s Almanac. Slicer teaches philosophy at the University of Montana and lives outside Missoula.