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Debra Allbery

Stahlecker Selections

Four Way
2010 • 92 pp. 6 x 9"

$15.95 Paperback, 978-1-935536-04-8

An intense second collection of rich narrative and meditative scenes set in a harsh yet intricate inner and exterior landscape.

Fimbul-Winter (or Fimbulvetr) takes its title from Norse mythology: three winters with no summers between. Drawing from sources as diverse as Anglo-Saxon literature, Chinese poetry, Emily Dickinson, and the blues, these poems seek sustenance and consolation in a harsh landscape. “Here is a poet who listens, who weighs until all comes remote, comes close, from that place where poetry itself begins: ‘the country of Erstwhile, of Meanwhile, of Still.’” – Marianne Boruch

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Reviews / Endorsements

“Allbery's ‘inside-out of waking’ is her paradoxical alertness to the dreamy strangeness of our joy and our grief.... A delicate, artful, haunting book.”—Reginald Gibbons

“… a poetry that is subtle, gorgeous, and vivid. Bright and singular, the poems unfold, and in unfolding, disclose the revelatory amid the diurnal. If the world offers us ‘year upon year,’ offers us ‘same sequence, inevitable outcome…’ Allbery offers us the surprise, the uncanniness, and the strange familiarity of world seen afresh, sincerely, keenly.”—Eric Pankey

From the Book:


Kalispell last night, a highway payphone, he dialed her number.
Recognition slanting her voice like the trace of an accent
she had tried to lose. Who is this? she had repeated into the static,
then colder, quieter, Who is this. And him not answering,

just trying her name, the small shape of it, saying Would you please
talk to me
, ice-rough rain slicing through, until, after a few long minutes,
she hung up. He’s sure she’ll think but never believe it was him,
not after all these years, and the black cloth of distance, the weather’s erasures.

DEBRA ALLBERY won the Agnes Lynch Starrett Prize for Walking Distance. She directs the Warren Wilson MFA Program near Asheville.

Tue, 15 May 2018 13:05:23 -0500