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Freshly Rooted

Authors: Emily Wall

Published by Salmon Poetry

ISBN: 9781903392720

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How does a new marriage in a new geography change the landscape of self?

How does one woman find what it means to live in Alaska?

This collection begins with the speaker, one week married, stepping aboard the Alaska State Ferry Malaspina as she embarks on her new life in the North Country. The poems, loosely narrative, follow her struggle to navigate the new country of marriage, and to speak the new language of self, in a land of reinvention.

Like a shapeshifting salmon reaching its birth stream, the speaker reimages herself, to make a new place as familiar as home.

Emily Wall studied poetry at Colby College and received her MFA from the University of Arizona. She currently teaches creative writing at the University of Alaska Southeast. Emily has published in a wide variety of literary journals and has won several poetry prizes. She and her husband live in Douglas, Alaska.
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