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A Summons on the Wind is a recognition and reflection of the moment we inhabit in all its despair and fragile splendor. This collection brings to mind the last line of W.S. Merwin’s Rain Light, “even though the whole world is burning.” The failures and consequences of our species’ sins against the environment and against ourselves are conveyed with vivid images that scorch and smolder. Yet a subtle and unobtrusive spirituality insists on gratitude for the beauty that surrounds us in nature, community and family. Grief is accompanied here by a longing for things to be different, for us to be better, and a quiet acknowledgement that sometimes we are.

—Roxanne Doty, author of Out Stealing Water

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