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Autumn in the Alaska Range Aug 7, 2008
These are poems of the natural world, of light and dark and the changing of the seasons. We find Tu Fu chanting a poem deep in the Alaska Range, a man who becomes a bear during his morning walk, a world of light carved from a piece of ivory, and walruses in their home beneath the ocean deciding if they will offer themselves to a hunter. Not all of the poems are set in Alaska. There are poems about growing up in a decaying mill town and the suicide of the poet's mother and how the past is always with us; however, the poet returns again and again to the conviction that the world itself is sacred--an ancient belief we need to recover.
Tom Sexton has lived in Alaska for more than thirty years. He began the creative writing program at the University of Alaska Anchorage and was poetry editor for the Alaska Quarterly Review for more than a decade. He began Black Spruce Press in 1994 after his retirement. His work has appeared in numerous journals and anthologies. This is his third collection of poetry. Sexton was appointed Alaska's Poet Laureate in 1995.