"Each poem in Corvus and Crater is a lens, a tractate, the short alphabet of light, a meditation. Begun from a limitation—54 poems with 54 syllables to commemorate a birthday of the same number- these poems move with raptor focus through the Alaskan landscape. The weather erases, offering a space for the writer—into and away from home, into rituals and remembering, in an attempt to locate. Through brush and into frozen air, Hollowell maps footsteps, water shifts, rivering constellations, and tree limb visitors. These pared down poems are deeply felt. Their vigil will stay on you “Like a blunt print / of a careless god’s thumb."
author of Took House and One Hundred Hungers
"As soon as you begin Erin Coughlin Hollowell’s stunning newcollection you know you are in the hands of a poet who's totally incommand of their craft. Born out of the chaos of a personal grief, these multi-layered and highly textured poems delve into the fathomless depths of the collective imagination. Deeply moving, meditative and mysterious, these poems perform the dual-task of invoking numinous, mythic worlds, while achieving a compelling immediacy and rare intimacy. Mixing rich lyricism with economical restraint, each nine-lined poem has the spontaneous flair and brushstroke virtuosity of a Japanese ink-painting."
author of About:Blank and The Art of Dying
"In these compressed, keen, meditative poems, Erin Coughlin Hollowell reveals and queries the world she (and she as Crow) moves through: frosty, peak-rimmed, stitched with wrens and kinglets, spruce and flame. Here, the titles alone are poems: “A box of snapped matches and one burnt nub,” “We once believed in binomials,” “Ritual for summoning the winter circle.” And the poems that follow are wondrously rooted and strange. Comprised entirely of nine-syllable sestets inspired by Charles Wright’s Sestets, a revisitation (and reclaiming) of Ted Hughes’s surly Crow, Hollowell’s poems grow from an Alaskan winter intimately observed by a woman who knows that the physical and the philosophical are never at odds. At once actual, mystical, and science-rooted, the poems of Corvus and Crater are a force against nihilism, seeking what comes in “the absence of absence."
author of Toward Antarctica and Once Removed
ERIN COUGHLIN HOLLOWELL is a poet and writer who lives at the end of the road in Alaska. Prior to landing in Alaska, she lived on both US coasts, in big cities and small towns, pursuing many different professions from tapestry weaving to arts administration. She is the author of two earlier collections, Pause, Traveler (2013) and Every Atom (2018), both published by Boreal Books. Her work has been most recently published in Stony Thursday, Poetry Ireland Review, Orion Magazine, Prairie Schooner, EcoTheo Review, Alaska Quarterly Review, Terrain.org, and the Academy of American Poets Poem-A-Day website. In 2013 and 2018, Hollowell was awarded a Rasmuson Foundation Fellowship by the Rasmuson Foundation and in 2013, a Connie Boochever Award by the Alaska State Council on the Arts. She was one of the inaugural recipients of the Alaska Literary Awards in 2014. Currently, she is a Black Earth Institute fellow. She is the executive director of Storyknife Writers Retreat and director of the Kachemak Bay Writers’ Conference.