Evergreen: Grim Tales & Verses from the Gloomy Northwest (Paperback)

Evergreen: Grim Tales & Verses from the Gloomy Northwest By Sharma Shields (Editor), Maya Jewell Zeller (Editor) Cover Image

Evergreen: Grim Tales & Verses from the Gloomy Northwest (Paperback)

By Sharma Shields (Editor), Maya Jewell Zeller (Editor)

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In this rich, shadowy, glittering anthology edited by Sharma Shields and Maya Jewell Zeller, 56 Northwest writers share their singular stories, essays, and poems that center what Shields calls "the literature of despair." These pages confront what is difficult in life with extraordinary precision and grace.

In Beth Piatote's story "Secondary Infection," a Yakama auntie narrates the undoing of a lonely woman; in the essay "There Is No Story Until It Happens to You," Richard Fifield writes about a devastating car crash in the remote Montana northlands of his youth; in his series of poems, "During the Pandemic," Rick Barot reflects on fear, isolation, and hope as quarantine descends; in her visual poem, "The Columbia Basin Pygmy Rabbit: An Auto-Elegy," artist Mita Mahato mourns the decline of a fragile species and the terrors of human impact on the environment.

In works that span themes from colonialism to environmentalism, from toxic masculinity to a loss of faith, the writers here unflinchingly address what makes us vulnerable, what makes us complex, what cleaves us and what connects us. As Zeller writes in the book's introduction, this ambitious anthology pushes us to "learn, memorize, and recite the songs sung by these regional voices, mapping us into a communal root system of evergreen selves."
Product Details ISBN: 9781734697810
Publisher: Scablands Books
Publication Date: October 19th, 2021
Pages: 336