backward pilgrim. Poems by Deborah Akers. Perfect bound with French folds. 5.5 x 8 inches. 98 pages. ISBN 978-1-938928-00-0. 2013. $16.
The Front Range was a magnetic backdrop to an otherwise conventional American childhood. A 14,000–foot mountain centered the complex of peaks and slopes that filled my western horizon. It was a daily conversation of shadow and hectic light, green and gray stone incised with snow that could arrive in any season. There was never a day that the sky did not reveal something compelling and eternal. —Deb Akers
In poems pulsing with the dense, rich music of partial rhyme, Deborah Akers brings us her arresting vision of the Colorado Rockies, a landscape where “… ten thousand feet / raises the stakes / to biblical proportions…,” where “eons of crushed lives / crowd into / swaths of sandstone…” From kyrie to benedictus, Akers sings the songs of a pilgrim come to the mountain. On these pages she invokes what might be lost, if not for the power of her poems to reclaim it. —Paulann Peterson, Oregon Poet Laureate
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