Friday, May 12, 2023

Unexpected Weather Events, a New Book of Stories


I'm happy to share the good news that my next book is a collection of stories entitled Unexpected Weather Events, and that it's found a home with Awst Press, which published my last book, Hezada! I Miss You. The wonderful cover is by L.K. James who also did the cover for Hezada! 

“Erin Pringle is my favorite living author. This breathtaking new collection more than solidifies that opinion. Her writing is soul-rich with wonder and terror, tapping into a child’s dream-like experience of family, change, and death. These are not only stories; each piece is a spell swirling with grief, love, and the bitter-strong beauty of being alive.”
— Owen Egerton, author of HOLLOW and HOW BEST TO AVOID DYING

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Sunday, May 7, 2023

Wake to Words and Brew Some Coffee (May 7, 2023)

 We've returned to May, or it to us. Thanks for joining me for another session of poems. 


Poems:

  • Coming Home from the Post Office by Philip Levine (from his book What Work Is)
  • Claims by Tina Mozelle Braziel (from her book Known by Salt)
  • Misery and Splendor by Robert Hass (from his book Human Wishes)
  • Riddle by Laura Kasischke (from her book Space, in Chains) 

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Sunday, April 30, 2023

Wake to Words and Brew Some Coffee (April 30, 2023)

 I'd love to read a few good poems by other people to you. Here:


Poems:
  • As if Darkness Can Mend It All by Maya Jewell Zeller (from her book Rust Fish)
  • Once Later by W.S. Merwin (from his book Garden Time)
  • The River People by Polly Buckingham (from her book The River People)
  • Place Setting by Ann Tweedy (in Lavender Review 2012)

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Sunday, April 23, 2023

Wake to Words and Brew Some Coffee (April 23, 2023)

 Welcome back to Wake to Words and Brew Some Coffee. Last week, I was running in Lolo, Montana in the Bitterroot Run-Off; the trail was difficult, ever-ascending (until it finally wasn't), and the skies and valley and snowy mountains gorgeous all around. But I've returned to the ground by now, so we have resumed our Sunday poems. Thanks for sticking with me.

Poems:
  • The Miraculous by Kim Addonizio (from her book Now We're Getting Somewhere)
  • Happiness Report by Kim Addonizio (from her book Now We're Getting Somewhere)
  • Lament by Bert Meyers (from Poetry, January 2023 221:4)
  • Homecoming by Bert Meyers (from Poetry, January 2023 221:4)

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Sunday, April 9, 2023

Wake to Words and Brew Some Coffee (April 9, 2023)

Welcome to Wake to Words and Brew Some Coffee. It's Spring, Easter, and a useful time to dig up all the spring poems that poets plant in most every book.  

Poems:

  • Spring by Mary Oliver (from her book House of Light)
  • Skunk Cabbage by Rennie McQuilkin (found in the book Nature for the Very Young: A Handbook of Indoor & Outdoor Activities)
  • For the Future by Wendell Berry (from his book The Peace of Wild Things)
  • From Time to Time by W.S. Merwin (from his book Garden Time)

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Thursday, April 6, 2023

The Cold Vanish by Jon Billman (Yes, you should probably read it.)

While up in the Cabinet Mountains, I thought to read my overdue library book, The Cold Vanish, by Jon Billman. Probably not the most suitable read for an isolated, mountain-surrounded vacation, but exactly like something I would decide to do. If anything, reading this made me more aware of my surroundings and less inclined to go further than I’d told my family I would. 

The book covers multiple cases of people who have gone missing in the wilderness, from hikers to runners to children. Mostly due to getting turned around and not having the necessary gear to prevent hypothermia (often because the person wasn’t on a journey to begin with)—though survivalists and amateurs alike disappear. 

Woven throughout the book is the main case and narrative of lost biker Jacob Gray whose gear turns up in the Olympic National Park but he does not. The author follows Gray’s father off and on over a year of searching. Gray’s father dives the rivers, hikes hundreds of miles, and crosses into Canada trying to follow any possibility of where his son might be. The author does well showing the intimate side of a father’s hope, grief, and drive as well as acknowledging the boundless energy and financial freedoms that make such a thorough search possible. Randy Gray, Jacob’s father, is the life-force of the book and the ideal person you’d want looking for you.

Over the course of Jacob’s search and the many anecdotal cases of lost (and sometimes found) people, we learn about the bureaucratic red tape that constrains searches due to territory, boundaries, regulations, or money. Who is control of this land but not the land abutting it. Who believes there are enough clues to justify a longer or more intense search. There are volunteer search-and-rescue teams and volunteer dog searchers, but none can help without permission (under threat of permanent ban). Of course, the wealthier the person who disappears and the more funded and popular the land where that happens both influence the amount of public and private funds for the search and the intensity of interest in helping (through GoFundMe or volunteers). In this way, the author touches on the murdered and missing indigenous women and the additional systemic issues in such searches.

Overall, I learned a great deal from this book—from the disconnected system and lack of real numbers of those missing to the unique stories of lost people to the training of cadaver dogs—and am glad I read it. It moves at a good pace and weaves the stories of missing people in the wilderness, and the subsequent searches, in a way that both make sense and help illuminate parts of Jacob’s search (and vice versa). Once you reach chapter four or five, the structure settles in and makes sense and you can surf the momentum for the rest of the book. 

In sum, yes, you should probably read it. 

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View of Cabinet Mountains on my walk
photo by me


Sunday, March 26, 2023

Wake to Words and Brew Some Coffee (3/26/23)

 Today, it's one poem and I haven't any coffee. I hope you do.



Poem: The Lost Land by Eavan Boland

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Sunday, March 5, 2023

Wake to Words and Brew Some Coffee (March 5, 2023)

Here's this week's session of good poems by other people. Welcome to March!

Poems read: 

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Sunday, February 26, 2023

Wake to Words and Brew Some Coffee (February 26, 2023)

We have reached the last Sunday of February, and while that makes calendar sense, the snow coming down outside my window makes less mental sense when the longing for Spring has taken to blooming in the hope muscle.

Here are this week's poems:

 

Poems read:

  • Flight by Linda L. Beeman (from her book Wallace, Idaho)
  • The Poet at Seven by Donald Justice (from his book The Summer Anniversaries)
  • All the Dead Dears by Sylvia Plath (from The Collected Poems of Sylvia Plath, edited by Ted Hughes)
  • The Blue Flannel Suit by Ted Hughes (from his book Birthday Letters)

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Sunday, February 19, 2023

Wake to Words and Brew Some Coffee (February 19, 2023)

Wake to Words and Brew Some Coffee is a Sunday reading series in which I read good poems by other people. Thanks for joining! 

Poems read:

  • Sabbath Poem VII. In time a man disappears by Wendell Berry (from his book Leavings)
  • Landscape with Little Figures by Donald Justice (from his book The Summer Anniversaries)
  • On the Death of Friends in Childhood by Donald Justice (from his book The Summer Anniversaries)
  • Stranger by Night by Edward Hirsch (from The Best American Poetry 2019, eds. Major Jackson and David Lehman)
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