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River of Solace

November 17, 2016


Winner, 2016 Turtle Island Quarterly Editor’s Choice Chapbook Award.


“In River of Solace, time twists up through the lives in these pages like a deep, dark root. The spells Lark casts are immediate and lasting, and the echoes of these poems will haunt you. This geographic and emotional terrain matters in all the ways that count.”  — Michael McGriff, author of Home Burial and Dismantling the Hills


“In Gary Lark’s River of Solace he summons the spirits of past settlers and natives of the southern Oregon coast, a continental edge he describes as ‘like standing on God’s front porch.’ Beginning in that past, he traverses a history of settlement, wars, and succeeding generations of locals, until we seem to meet ourselves, as we face the unsettling question of whether this western landscape will be the new destination of eco-refugees in a vastly changed world.” — Barbara Drake, author of Morning Light and Driving One Hundred

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Gary Lark

Gary Lark’s work includes In the House of Memory (BatCat Press, 2016), Without a Map (Wellstone Press, 2013), Getting By (Winner of the Holland Prize from Logan House Press, 2009), and three chapbooks. His work has appeared in Beloit Poetry Journal, Hubbub, Poet Lore, and The Sun. Three poems were featured on The Writer’s Almanac with Garrison Keillor. Gary lives with his wife Dorothy in Oregon’s Rogue Valley.cker.com.