“like a dark flame burned/my minds’s petty length./I’m tired of human clamor,/smudge and clutter of the world./Who wants to go on/governed by the same rude horns,/the demagogues, the rabble?”
Anne Coray is unapologetic in her attempts to bring the plight of the environment to the masses. Her medium allows her the help of language. But do not be mistaken, Coray’s poems are not easy. Bone Strings is a harrowing, magnificent and morbid examination of Alaska’s jeopardized wilderness.
Bone Strings contains some of the finest poems I have read by an Alaska poet in recent years. They are not the poems of a city visitor, but of a resident in the truest sense, one who can speak with a deep sense of place, of life lived and remembered in detail from day to day, season to season. The poems deserve many readers.
Anne Coray's precise, austere yet sensuous language is a fine instrument for tracing the harsh geography of her native Alaska. Cool as the moon, her poems shine a clear light on unforgiving landscapes, and on tough truths of the heart. Bone Strings sings a hard-earned song.
Surprisingly soon into Anne Coray's outstanding first poetry collection, Bone Strings, you can "relax" (the quotes guard against any impression that these might all be light or easy poems) in the knowledge that you are in the hands of a writer with an infectious confidence in what she says and how she says it, and so you are willing and then eager to get her take on things. From her vantage point in Alaska, where she was born and where she resides, this take is very close to nature.
—Martin Mitchell, Editor-in-Chief, Rattapallax
Anne Coray's poems are deeply satisfying for their graceful combination of devotions, to the natural — animal/vegetable/mineral — and to the way nature resonates in us, the humans who live in a "sacred space." She is keenly observant, sensitive without swooning, and conveys both the loveliness and the brutality of her world in a complex and disciplined language.
Distributed for Scarlet Tanager Books by the University of Alaska Press