Poetry, paperback, 96 pages, from YesYes Books.
Winner, American Book Award, Poetry, 2014
Tanya Olson’s magnificent poems carry the weight of giants, tigers, and The People’s Acts of Love. Every page is a new cleansing fire.
Olson uses language like Gertrude Stein does, building large monuments of sound into humming lattices. Olson writes poems to a future America from beyond the planetary gravestone where there is only a ‘boyish summer’ and "boyish waters."
Tanya Olson’s poems channel personal experience through myriad adopted voices, speaking through dreams, letters, and imagined historical scenes. Olson turns fresh eyes on archetypal figures and myths, relationships and legends, and landmark failures and successes. By turns vindictive, benevolent, and laudatory, these poems urge us to press toward change by constantly revisiting the past.