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Burn Lake (National Poetry)by Carrie Fountain
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A moving, authentic exploration of spirituality and the domestic from a prize-winning poet
The wry, supple poems in Carrie Fountains second collection take the form of prayers and meditations chronicling the existential shifts brought on by parenthood, spiritual searching, and the profound, often beguiling experience of being a self, inside a body, with a soul. Fountains voice is at once deep and loose, enacting the dawning of spiritual insight, but without leaving the daily world, matching the feeling of the pure holiness in motherhood” with the thuds the giant dumpsters make behind the strip mall when theyre tossed back to the pavement by the trash truck.” In these wise, accessible, deeply emotional poems, she captures a contemporary longing for spiritual meaning thats wary of prepackaged wisdom—a longing answered most fully by attending to the hustle and bustle of everyday life.
Selected for the 2009 National Poetry Series by Natasha Trethewey
Set in southern New Mexico, where her family's multicultural history is deeply rooted, the poems in Carrie Fountain's first collection explore issues of progress, history, violence, sexuality, and the self. Burn Lake weaves together the experience of life in the rapidly changing American Southwest with the peculiar journey of Don Juan de Oñate, who was dispatched from Mexico City in the late sixteenth- century by Spanish royalty to settle the so-called New Mexico Province, of which little was known. A letter that was sent to Oñate by the Viceroy of New Spain, asking that should he come upon the North Sea in New Mexico, he should give a detailed report of "the configuration of the coast and the capacity of each harbor" becomes the inspiration for many of the poems in this artfully composed debut.
About the Author
Carrie Fountain was born and raised in Mesilla, New Mexico. She was a fellow at the University of Texas' Michener Center for Writers. Her poems have appeared in Crazyhorse, Cimarron Review, and other publications. She lives in Austin, Texas and teaches at St. Edward's University.
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