- PUBLISHED: February 2013
- SUBJECT LISTING: Literature / Poetry
- BIBLIOGRAPHIC INFORMATION: 80 Pages, 6 x 9 in
- SERIES: Pacific Northwest Poetry Series
- ISBN: 9780295992815
- Publisher: University of Washington Press
Nance Van Winckel's wry, provocative slant on the world and her command of images and ideas enliven these stunning poems. Presented in two parts, Pacific Walkers first gives imagined voice to anonymous dead individuals, entries in the John Doe network of the Spokane County Medical Examiner's Records. The focus then shifts to named but now-forgotten individuals in a discarded early-1900s photo album purchased in a secondhand store. We encounter figures devoid of history but enduring among us as lockered remains, and figures who come with histories--first names and dates, and faces preserved in photographs--but who no longer belong to anyone.
Authors & Contributors
Nance Van Winckel is the author of five books of poetry, including No Starling and After a Spell, winner of the Washington State Governor's Award for Poetry, and three collections of short stories. Her numerous awards include two National Endowment for the Arts Poetry Fellowships, a Pushcart Prize, and Poetry Magazine's Friends of Literature Award. She lives near Spokane, Washington, with her husband, the artist Rik Nelson.
Pacific Walkers Signing on with The Daily Sun Last Address Briefing His Other Car Was a Train John Doe #130969 The River That Runs Above The River That Runs Beneath I Too Sip from the Flask Annunciation Afraid of My Rays, No One Comes Near When the River Comes toward Me Complete Stranger As Reported I Take Notes in the Cold Only As Good As Your Feet Compromised State Say What You Will Retablo "Outlaw Mentality" My Weight in Ants The River Pulls Awake a Morning Decked Out They Flee from Me Unflappable Apparently Not Strobe Coordinates of X Happy & Terrified When We Wake II / RAIN ON Rained On What Is the Who? A Man Mistakes Me for a Mannequin Take Them from Me A Last Moth of August My You Mother May I? Thin Ice Stopped in the Midst of Going On Late June, 1960 Write Back When You Can Canals Stole (Wedding Photograph, 1911) On Hudson Street In Our Minds Ground into Being Crypt Window At Value Village Song of the Sang-Froid (Who Knocketh?) I Am My Own Assistant Once I Had a Badge I Have My Own Damned Family—Thank You Very Much—But Theirs Apparently Has Nobody Nuzzle Who Died and Made You Our Foreigner? Coming to Her Senses The Definite Article Art Brut Shut Up & Row No Sign of My Passing Acknowledgments About the Poet A Note on the Type
"Van Winckel's intersections of then and now, other and us, are the stuff of real poetry."- Mike Dillon, City Living
"These moving poems span a multifaceted range of narrators."-
"An exquisite collection. Those who love stories; those who are interested in ways of thinking about memory, the passing of time, family history, old photographs; and those who enjoy just hovering for a moment in the beauty of arresting details and language will be eager readers of Pacific Walkers."- Nancy Eimers, author of A Grammar to Waking and Oz
"Nance Van Winckel’s new collection is alive with the natural world, full of kinetic storytelling and a willingness to observe even the smallest part of our lives which, of course, often impact us the most. This is also a book of poems that celebrate the ten thousand things of our culture, from the Bronze Age to Value Village. Van Winckel knows that part of the poet’s job is to witness back to us our own experience and she does this with a voice I am happy to know is singing in the sometimes dark and rainy days of our planet."- Matthew Dickman, author of Mayakovsky's Revolver and All-American Poem