"Mead ... wrote clean, spare, often elegiac lines"—The New York Times
This massive collection houses Mead’s life’s work: seven books spanning twenty-seven years. Follow chronologically through decades and become captivated by heartfelt muses on loss, madness, danger, grief, isolation, and self-identity. Her poems explore spaces we often try to ignore and finds a comfortable middleground. Mead candidly and openly weaves together pain and joy until it meshes into glimpses of humanity.
"Mead propels readers forward, using plain language that’s elegant in its simplicity yet compelling and heartbreaking. Even as she confronts grief and loss, the poet highlights the overriding theme of courage.”
"The natural world, in its bounty and brutality, is a grounding force for Mead, a reminder of a time scale beyond the human span"—Publishers Weekly Starred Review
"Mead’s versatility, scholarship, and curiosity contribute to the strength of her craft. . . . Her oeuvre is so spacious that it constantly invites journeys down imagined avenues."—The Rumpus
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