Years Beyond the River, by David Axelrod
Praise for Years Beyond the River
In the exquisite naturally charged poems of David Axelrod’s ninth collection, Years Beyond the River, an encounter with thorn or wildflower is new life, the rotted heartwood of fir becomes memory, and the delicate brush of a bat wing upon the skin echoes the beloved walking through the dark. Fire-haunted and fire-hunted we exist in a oneness with all things beckoning both death and life. What we know of the soul crosses the span of “Orion's spiral arm” and remembers what it means to be wilderness. There is abundance and loss among the terrible singular notion of rivers and trees passing away. There is beauty, grace, and strength interwoven with the scent of sage in our clothes as we breathe and dream and love. —Shann Ray
David Axelrod is the author of eight previous collections of poetry, most recently The Open Hand (University of Washington Press, 2017), and two collections of nonfiction, The Eclipse I Call Father and Troubled Intimacies. He is the director of the low residency MFA and Wilderness, Ecology, and Community Programs at Eastern Oregon University. He also edits basalt: a journal of fine & literary arts and is a contributing editor for Lynx House Press. He makes his home in Missoula, Montana.