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River of Solace

November 17, 2016


Winner, 2016 Turtle Island Quarterly Editor’s Choice Chapbook Award.


“In River of Solace, time twists up through the lives in these pages like a deep, dark root. The spells Lark casts are immediate and lasting, and the echoes of these poems will haunt you. This geographic and emotional terrain matters in all the ways that count.”  — Michael McGriff, author of Home Burial and Dismantling the Hills


“In Gary Lark’s River of Solace he summons the spirits of past settlers and natives of the southern Oregon coast, a continental edge he describes as ‘like standing on God’s front porch.’ Beginning in that past, he traverses a history of settlement, wars, and succeeding generations of locals, until we seem to meet ourselves, as we face the unsettling question of whether this western landscape will be the new destination of eco-refugees in a vastly changed world.” — Barbara Drake, author of Morning Light and Driving One Hundred


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Gary Lark

Gary Lark's other work includes Ordinary Gravity (Airlie Press 2019), River of Solace (Flowstone Press 2016), In the House of Memory (BatCat Press 2016), Without a Map (Wellstone Press 2013), Getting By (Holland Prize from Logan House Press 2009). His poetry has appeared in Beloit Poetry Journal, Catamaran, Hubbub, Poet Lore, and ZYZZYVA. Gary and his wife Dorothy live in Oregon's Rogue Valley.