BOOK REVIEWS David Rigsbee reviews All of It Singing: New and Selected Poems by Linda Gregg
David Rigsbee reviews Heat Lightning: New and Selected Poems 19862006 by Judith Skillman
Avery Slater's work can be found in CutBank, The Journal, North American Review, Chelsea, Permafrost, Yemassee, and many other journals. She holds an M.F.A. from the University of Washington and an M.Phil. in English from Cambridge University.
Creaking, skeleton bells of trees
dissolve in a quilt of pale flurries.
Sap's accreted sweetness burdens
deeper trenches. Stars expel
sharp sparks of cold like swarms of bees
seeking hyle in air's flat terrors.
Here: spared shapes; the learnt-by-heart;
the balance over