Peregrine by Caroline Goodwin (Finishing Line Press, 2015)
when I was a girl in alaska we walked to the ravine
behind the quik stop and hurled glass bottles against
the rock wall and laughed out loud for a long time
when they shattered
This is a book of poems by Alaskan poet Caroline Goodwin, currently serving as the first Poet Laureate of San Mateo County, CA. Born and raised in Alaska, she moved to California in 1999 to attend Standford as a Wallace Stegner Fellow. Her first book, Trapline, was published in May 2013 by JackLeg Press in Chicago. She teaches in the MFA and BA writing programs at California College of the Arts and in Standford Writer's Studio.
About the book, poet Louise Mathias writes: "Caroline Goodwin's Peregrine is a delicate, barbed, incandescent meditation on grief and friendship and violence, infused with the difficult beauty of the natural world, elegantly paced, yet wild around the edges. Both a charm against, and a love song to the fleeting, Goodwin masterfully weaves together disparate sources-- Metallica and magic, ravines and wildflowers, this work is lovely and terrifying, singular and true."
Peregrine is a collection of six poems. "Coleoptera," poem number five, was a very powerful reading. The poem sounds like the beats of a drum in the middle of the forest, like running out of breath until collapsing into a vision in the sun. The world that Goodwin delivers in Peregrine is a fragile, fractured one, where love and dead are twined together. Readers will enjoy the beauty that rests in the poems and will find an invitation to get immersed in a world where the voices of the dead can be heard, and stay.
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