Winner of the John Ciardi Prize for Poetry, selected by Luis J. Rodriguez
The people, the soil, the tumultuous skies, are unforgettable, as are these poems, and that’s the most important aspect of language in verse—the way it makes you feel and think.
—Luis J. Rodriguez
In these poems, we hear accents we don’t quite recognize, remember words we’ve forgotten how to say, find old hunting camps where fires still burn, and wear a camo shirt to fit in. “I wanted you to know everything at once,” she tells us in “River Roads,” “a landscape it took me months to learn.” These are landscapes it takes months, years, lifetimes to learn, and Hoogestraat is our best guide.
—Ed Madden, Nest and Signals
"Hoogestraat's first book, a fine addition to the canon of regional literary verse, shows craft with memorable images and balanced lines that read like good conversation." —Denise Low, The Kansas City Star
"Hoogestraat appeals to us, ultimately, toexplore the edges of place and personhood, while driving small town streets at night or walking in our own backyards." —NEAT
"Like the work of Ted Kooser or Mary Oliver, thse poems point out the extraordinary qualities of the everyday, while also celebrating the genuine workings of a new day." —Peter Joseph Gloviczki, Moon City Review
See Jane Hoogestraat talk about Border States in a video interview.
Jane Hoogestraat taught at Missouri State University in Springfield. Her work has appeared in Southern Review, Image, Crab Orchard Review, and elsewhere, and she has published two chapbooks. An editor with Moon City Review, she also coedited the book Time, Memory and the Verbal Arts: Essays on the Thought of Walter Ong. She was educated at the University of Chicago and Baylor University. Border States is her first full-length poetry collection.
Jane passed away on September 8, 2015. Click here to read a remembrance of her.
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