Page Count: 68
Publication Date: Monday, April 19, 2021
Cover Artwork: Photograph by Alice Pettway. Design by Siobhan Hutson Jeanotte
About this Book
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Most experiences lie in the long miles between life’s stations, but we look toward the next town’s lights for reassurance that we will eventually arrive. When those lamps dim, or are passed by in the night, we become disoriented, caught in the blur of a passing landscape. The poems in Station Lights embrace this chaos, seeking understanding in the midst of the unfamiliar.
“Reading Station Lights is like taking a slow hike through all the landscapes of the earth — the claustrophobic undergrowth of forests, the smoke and dust of open plains, and the drenched humanity of city streets. … these poems survive each new wilderness, while always keeping underfoot the path back home.”
“Alice Pettway is not a mere world traveler but a world citizen … [she] explores beyond all imposed borders, all the norms we have accepted onto ourselves, where our relationships are, where our history is, what is self, what is nature.”
“Pettway brings a remarkable perceptiveness … to everyday life in Station Lights. Each poem is a sparkling gemstone of discovery. … Station Lights is marked by the control of a poet operating in the heights of the poetry landscape. These poems will rattle in your brain, proving intensely memorable long after you read the last page.”
Praise for Alice Pettway’s Previous Work
“What sets [Pettway's poems] apart more than any other virtue is the subtle but insistent sense of irony they convey—one of the rarest and most valuable aspects of any art, but especially of poetry.”
“At the last page, I realize Pettway has turned me into the eponymous moth, desperate for that beautiful and dangerous fire that burns in only the best poems but which seems to burn here in every poem.”
“[W]e are from one poem to the next accompanied by her keen eye for the unseen and the nourishment supplied by her own fortitude.”
“Alice Pettway's Barbed Wire and Bedclothes explores the familiar and finds it all akimbo and sharp-elbowed. … These poems are terse, precise, evocative, and sensuous; to anyone grown timid or lazy or comfortable, they send a challenge: ‘cut the barbed wire now and chance the landmines.’”
ALICE PETTWAY is the author of three books of poetry: The Time of Hunger, Moth and Station Lights. Her work has appeared in The Bitter Oleander, AGNI, The Southern Review, The Threepenny Review, and many other respected journals. Pettway is a former Chulitna Artist and Lily Peter fellow. She currently lives near Seattle, Washington.
Author Photo: Una Zhu