The Echo of Ice Letting Go

Julie LeMay

The Echo of Ice Letting Go

Julie LeMay

Distributed for University of Alaska Press

112 pages | 6 x 9 | © 2017
Paper $14.95 ISBN: 9781602233119 Published February 2017
E-book $7.00 to $14.95 ISBN: 9781602233126 Published February 2017
Rooted in the harsh, yet beautiful landscape of Alaska, this collection of poems is at once comforting and disquieting, permeated with wisdom, darkness, and resilience. Taken together, the poems form a powerful narrative, as Julie Hungiville LeMay relates a personal story of the recurrence of cancer and interweaves it with an account of her son’s struggle with addiction. In a world of so much pain, her poems ask, how can we find meaning? The answer, often, is nature: among “spruce branches that whisper” and “the yellow joy / of warblers.” Half-found poems that contain lines from John Muir's essays are arranged throughout the book like touchstones, while other poems invoke the spirit of Wordsworth. LeMay’s voice is precise and clear, her lines musical and sonically rich, making this ambitious, wide-ranging book one that readers won’t soon forget.
 
Review Quotes
Northern Review
“This is poetry, it seems, for anyone who has suffered from illness or addiction, whether directly or indirectly. This is poetry for anyone who is drawn to the North. The poems in the collection bear this out; there is a great deal for readers to connect with, an intricate braiding of narratives reminding us that life and death are indivisible.”
Western Literature Association
“For anyone who loves of studies poetry or wants to visit the secret chambers of the heart or rediscover the places and mountains of the West.”
Daily News-Miner
“In seeking peace and meaning, LeMay looks to nature and to Buddhist practice. The mood is solemn but not somber. Hope is found despite her trials.”
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