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February 2012


Freshly Rooted

Emily Wall

ISBN: 978-1-903392-72-0

Page Count: 88

Publication Date: Sunday, April 01, 2007

Cover Artwork: Fred and Corey Wall. Design: Corey Wall

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About this Book

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.


Author Biography

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.


Read a sample from this book

Freshly Rooted

Late Sunday
three tourists stop to watch dog salmon
running in Gold Creek.

The three seem
stunned. Maybe moved, maybe not,
but still in the face of this rush of water,
battered bodies thrashing, gaining
on the stream.

Their pausing makes me look
closer. I see quicksilver bodies
growing accustomed to fresh water,
the smell filling their noses, the rightness
of this place.

I see the way their bodies submit,
shapeshift to fit this new water, and
I am filled with envy.


Reviews

An Interview with Emily Wall on 49 Writers: Collaborative Reflections & Book News By and About Alaskan Authors.  Read here>>>


Review: Library Bookwatch: August 2008
James A. Cox, Editor-in-Chief
Midwest Book Review
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Most Americans don't realize that living in Alaska is a completely different experience from living in any other state. "Freshly Rooted" is Emily Wall's reflections through poetry about adapting to the whole new world that is the coldest state of the Union. Her narrative reflects on how every aspect of her life changed, and how she learned to love it. "Freshly Rooted" is a must for any poetry fan curious about Alaska. "Poem After Bathing": That full flesh moon -/can you see her?-/some soft abdomen,/that spoon of cream/coming out/brimming tonight/able to pray, belly/bared to the black coffee/night, delicious because she/believes it, makes it so,/swallows her sky full.

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