The lyric poems in Ice Lands journey through regions of knowing and not knowing, alive to our mortal connections in this precarious world.
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“Westberg does not turn away from either the damage or the wonder of ‘this hard starry world,’ but through her clear vision, elegant craft, and fearless late-night inventories, she makes these poems into acts of attention, which become prayers for restoration. This is a luminous and stunning book, blending grief with wisdom and awe.” — Betsy Sholl
“Ice Lands resonates with a reverent consciousness that gracefully navigates the liminal intersections of the natural and human worlds…. There is a seasoned and mature sensibility here, a quiet authority, and it speaks with deft lyricism and musicality.” — Mark Cox
“Westberg’s new book reads like a gathering of koans, a breviary for navigating the second decade of the 21st century. Whether confronting the imperiled planet, the eroding political landscape, the ambages of late middle-age, things done and left undone, or the legacies of illness…. glinting truths of these poems put…a spur to wake to the truth that ‘we’re all so much more / than we know.’” — Lisa Russ Spaar
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– poetry and art since 1998
102 pages, $19.00