Mary Burritt Christiansen Poetry Series

Hilda Raz, Series Editor

The Mary Burritt Christiansen Poetry Series publishes two to four books a year that engage and give voice to the realities of living, working, and experiencing the West and the Border as places and as metaphors. The purpose of the series is to expand access to, and the audience for, quality poetry, both single volumes and anthologies, that can be used for general reading as well as in classrooms.

The Sky Is Shooting Blue Arrows

Poems
By Glenna Luschei
Edited by Noel Woodward

Celebrating life, travel, aging, and nature, this new book shines with Luschei’s view of the world.

Subjects: Poetry

A Selected History of Her Heart

Poems
By Carole Simmons Oles

“Through the lens of her singular and compelling life, Carole Simmons Oles guides us through our fractured, confused, violent century. At seventy, facing an increasingly fragile body, Oles crafts language that creates bonds—across cultures and tongues, across decades and oceans and continents. These powerhouse poems reach out generation to generation with generosity and compassion. These poems invite us in, offer food and drink and shelter.”—Peggy Shumaker, author of Gnawed Bones

Subjects: Poetry

The Goldilocks Zone

By Kate Gale

“The clipped jumpy rhythm of these poems with their sudden bursts of syntax prove repeatedly that Kate Gale possesses a poetic tone and pace all her own. She is also refreshingly out of step with today’s poetry of self-absorption, for she is fascinated less by her ego than by the strange variety of the world around us.”—Billy Collins, former U.S. Poet Laureate

Subjects: Poetry

Flirt

By Noah Blaustein

In this stunning first collection of poems, Noah Blaustein’s narrators face the complexities that shape a life: adolescence, fatherhood, our responsibility for the lives of others, the exhilaration of romantic love, and memory.

Subjects: Poetry

Progress on the Subject of Immensity

By Leslie Ullman

“For over thirty years now, Leslie Ullman has steadily refined a poetry of the most acute and lyrically precise mindfulness, of what one of her poems calls the ‘greater alertness.’”—David Wojahn, author of World Tree

Subjects: Poetry

Losing the Ring in the River

By Marge Saiser

Spare and incisive, the poems in Losing the Ring in the River deal with three strong women—Clara, Emma, and Liz, women who are tough, often sassy, and have dreams that aren’t quelled by the realities they face.

Subjects: Poetry

Say That

By Felecia Caton Garcia

Caton Garcia’s poems layer sound and image to offer a tangible point of access into the complex and often contradictory ideas contained within the work.

Subjects: Poetry

City of Slow Dissolve

By John Chávez

“When city and self merge, poet John Chávez begins his magic: to build the child under our eyes. The child is both cityscape and self under scrutiny, ‘clearly disciplined & put to repair.' The child is parent and body, both the painted canvas and the revealed photograph. Watch this miracle of consciousness unfold in City of Slow Dissolve. Rejoice in our chance to reappraise and reinvent, even recover, our human identity, even our souls, through Chávez's art.”—Hilda Raz, Mary Burritt Christiansen Poetry Series editor

Subjects: Poetry

Ruins

By Margaret Randall

In this poetry collection, Margaret Randall uses the metaphor of ruins to meditate on time's movement.

Subjects: Poetry

Begging for Vultures

New and Selected Poems, 1994-2009
By Lawrence Welsh

The poetry of Lawrence Welsh crosses many borders, from South Central Los Angeles, where he was raised, to El Paso, where he has lived for almost twenty years.

Subjects: Poetry

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