Today's poem is "She of Tioga Creek"
from In the Land We Imagined Ourselves

Carnegie Mellon University Press

Jonathan Johnsonis the author of the book of poems Mastodon, 80% Complete and the memoir Hannah and the Mountain. His poems have appeared in Best American Poetry, American Poetry: The Next Generation, and numerous other anthologies, as well as Southern Review, Ploughshares, North American Review, and Prairie Schooner. He is on the faculty of the Inland Northwest Center for Writers, the MFA program at Eastern Washington University. Johnson divides his time between Washington, a cabin in Idaho, and the Lake Superior coastal town of Marquette, Michigan.

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About In the Land We Imagined Ourselves :

"From the capital I of fenceposts to articulate crags and the bird-like swoops of human talk, I love the intelligent landscape this poet invents and perpetuates just ahead, as if from a car eternally heading west. Like Hugo’s Marginal Way, Jonathan Johnson’s Upper Peninsula, his Idaho and Montana and Washington are really a brimming interior life, and these poems so often descriptive of motion and traveling enact the irresistible turns of a mind ever lively and shimmering."
—Nancy Eimers

"Panoramic in sweep and tender in spirit, these poems whirl us across many American landscapes and zoom us into many lives—from Wyatt Earp’s wife’s to that of a grieving son. Johnson is a generous pathologist of the human heart who is careful to leave its mystery intact."
—Lucia Perillo

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