Borealis: Poems by Jeff Humphries,Betsy Bowen

By Jeff Humphries,Betsy Bowen

Voyageurs trip to discover the palace of Kubilai Khan within the Quetico-Superior border nation. The menacing tooth of a northern pike remind us of the capability violence hidden in possible blameless lakes. A moose-"lumbering satyr"-expresses the bestial nature of lifestyles within the woods.

This is the North state as spoken throughout the voice of Jeff Humphries, who discovers unforeseen riches within the barren region looming round his cabin. As interpreted by way of popular illustrator Betsy Bowen, the topics of the poems come to inhabit the pages of this quantity; her spare and wonderfully composed woodcuts exhibit wonderful aspects of Humphries' words.

These poems hint the layers of invisible that means embedded within the northern lands-the inevitable passage from shallow to deep, civilized to wild-the new different types of knowledge to be won in such an come across. it's a publication for and approximately all those that, failing to discover what they got here for, as a substitute discover a benediction and are by no means the same.

Written close to Sigurd Olson's Listening element on Burntside Lake in northern Minnesota, those poems painting a land haunted by way of animal spirits, lengthy identified to Ojibwe and Cree. In phrases and photographs Humphries and Bowen show the secrets and techniques and hidden lives of the creatures of the North Woods-loons, ruffed grouse, bears, wolves, bushes, lakes, even stones-exploring the mysterious universal flooring among their languages and ours.

Jeff Humphries is the writer of numerous books, together with A Bestiary (1995), a suite of poems. His fiction has been released within the most sensible American brief tales sequence, and he's the recipient of an American Academy of Poets award. Humphries is professor of French, English, and comparative literature at Louisiana country collage, and spends summers at a kin cabin close to Ely, Minnesota.

Betsy Bowen operates her high quality paintings print store in Grand Marais, Minnesota, and is the writer and illustrator of amassing: A Northwoods Counting e-book (1995, 1999); Antler, undergo, Canoe: A Northwoods Alphabet yr (1991, 2002); and Tracks within the Wild (1993, 1998).

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