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A debut collection from an exciting new
voice in Alaska poetry, Overwinter reconciles
the natural quiet of wilderness
with the clamor of built environments.
Pataky’s migration between Anchorage
and Wrangell-St. Elias National Park inspires
these poems that connect urban
to rural. This duality permeates Overwinter.
Moments are at turns fevered
or serene. The familial and romantic
are measured against the wildness of
the far north. Empty spaces bring both
solace and loneliness in full. Past loves
haunt the present, surviving in the
spaces sculpted by language.
Emerson suggests that ‘genius is
the activity that repairs the decay of
things.’ Such genius is at work in Pataky’s
debut, Overwinter. . . . A book that
makes of the heart’s affections a myriad
world, where presence and absence intertwine,
and the poet is no more than
faithful recorder of difficulty and wonder.
—Dan Beachy-Quick, author of A Whaler’s Dictionary
In a word, Overwinter is about life. Maybe not everyone's life in entirety, but aspects—small details—are related through the eons-long relationship between man and nature. . . . There is much of this introspection and observation, and while it deals with concerns of Alaskan life there is also something for a broader readership in these poems. There's something for anyone that is willing to still their mind, listen and look.
Pataky’s debut poetry collection, examines the speaker’s isolation and solace in the vast, untamed nature of the Alaskan wilderness. Throughout the collection, the speaker spends his time between a developed city, with its electricity and human companionship, and the natural Alaskan landscape filled with its braided streams, unpredictable wildlife, and endless illusions of light and depth.
Jeremy Pataky earned an MFA from the University of Montana, where he was awarded a Poetry Fellowship and a Bertha Morton Scholarship. He lives in Anchorage and McCarthy, Alaska, and is a founding board member of 49 Writers, a literary nonprofit. His work has appeared in Black Warrior Review, Cirque, Colorado Review, Ice Floe, The Southeast Review, and many others.