This is the hardest kind of listening.
And who will care?
Most do not.
It’s all applause,
How is it possible to ask for more than that?
An honest work, stunningly passionate: Kim Cornwall’s spirit-infused poetry weaves family and myth—strong women, wild landscapes, the search for reconciliation in circumstances beyond control—in a radiant language of pain, solace, wonder, and gratitude. This remarkable first and last collection of poetry celebrates and chronicles the borderless area between joy and suffering, like breath after long submersion: for one must breech the surface / where what we most need / lives.
Kim Cornwall (1967–2010) grew up in British Columbia’s long valleys and vast family ranches. Her poetry was published in Homer News, Fairbanks Daily News-Miner, and New Ink, among others. Her poem “What Whales and Infants Know” inspired a statewide poetry project, Poems in Place, that set poems by Alaska writers on signs in Alaska’s state parks.
Wendy Erd is an Alaska poet and coordinator of Poems in Place.