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Named one of the National Poetry Society's New Poets in 1996 Dec 5, 2006
Ian Parks, named one of the National Poetry Society's New Poets in 1996, presents his second poetry collection Shell Island, an anthology that dwells upon Parks' cherished themes of love, loss, and the connections between individuals and society. Personifying the transitive instants in which life-changing decisions are made, the free-verse poems of Shell Island alternately evoke tenderness, distance, or mourning. "The Catch": When my father married, / he gave up fishing for good / and sold his rod and line / to buy the marriage bed. / But his dreams are haunted still / by dam p river-banks and mist / where he stoops to dip a net, / lifting the catch from memory / in a rehearsal of regret. / The reel unwinds inside his head.