Today's poem is "Dog Heart"
from Salt Moon

Southern Illinois University Press

Noel Crook is a poetry editor for Sun Editions. Her poems have been published in Best New Poets, New Letters, Shenandoah, Smartish Pace, and other journals. She lives in Raleigh, North Carolina.

Books by Noel Crook:

Other poems on the web by Noel Crook:
Three poems

Noel Crook's Website.

About Salt Moon:

"Wise blood throbs in the veins of these poems, and wild song lilts through each line. From Carolina woods to Texas canyons, from motherhood to slaughter, Noel Crook’s Salt Moon startles with its reach and gratifies with its depth. Don’t miss this exquisite book."
—Barbara Ras

"I feel carried away by these rapturously perfect poems. Hold any line or stanza in your mind—it bears the exact weight, energy, and detail needed to create the scenes and worlds inhabiting this most potent, tender collection."
—Naomi Shihab Nye

"Morally complex, syntactically dexterous, these brave poems simultaneously consider the past and the future in images that both lacerate and reconcile. Crook merges worlds—white sun, white moon—in poems whose yearning leads us back and forth from stars to nearer fires."
—Dorianne Laux

"Crook gives us close-ups of overwhelming desire, deepest tenderness, terror, and stunned love. Salt Moon ranges wide, taking us through contradictory landscapes into instantly recognizable human frailty and bravery. And all of it is singing."
—Betty Adcock

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