Two Great Poets Return to Alaska!
Kate Partridge is the author of the poetry collection Ends of the Earth (University of Alaska Press, 2017) and the hybrid chapbooks Guide to Urban Reindeer (Essay Press, 2017) and Intended American Dictionary (MIEL Books, 2016). Her poems and lyric essays have appeared or are forthcoming in Colorado Review, Ninth Letter, Alaska Quarterly Review, Blackbird, Pleiades, and Verse Daily. She is a Dornsife/Graduate School Fellow at the University of Southern California, and she holds an MFA from George Mason University.
Alyse Knorr is the author of the poetry collections Mega-City Redux (Green Mountains Review 2017), Copper Mother (Switchback Books 2016), and Annotated Glass (Furniture Press Books 2013). She also authored the non-fiction book Super Mario Bros. 3 (Boss Fight Books 2016) and the poetry chapbooks Epithalamia (Horse Less Press 2015) and Alternates (dancing girl press 2014). Her work has appeared in Denver Quarterly, Columbia Poetry Review, The Greensboro Review, storySouth, ZYZZYVA, Caketrain, and The Southern Poetry Anthology: Georgia, among others. She received her MFA from George Mason University, where she co-founded Gazing Grain Press. Alyse teaches English at Regis University.
Otherwise, a static day—
the snow huddled against the mountains,
the bike trail puddled over root-carved ravines,
we decided to go to war or not.
When I left, Ben gave me a field guide
in a bar we frequented. I didn’t read it
but went to a preserve to learn
to recognize my neighbors—
the bears fielding blueberries
from the paws of a young keeper
pitching them over the deck,
the caribou fencing, antlers clacking
like hockey sticks. In the gift shop,
a stack of pelts, fleshed and stretched;
a child stroking them and murmuring,
“Poor reindeer. Now he’s dead.”
-- Kate Partridge
[This poem first appeared in Colorado Review]