Robert M. Wallace Hawk on a Power Line

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Hawk on a Power Line

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Robert M. Wallace holds an M.F.A. in Creative Writing from the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville, where he was awarded an Academy of American Poets University Prize, and a Ph.D. in English from Indiana University of Pennsylvania.  He lives in Charleston, WV with his wife and two daughters and is a Professor at West Virginia State University.  He has been the recipient of a grant from the West Virginia Humanities Council, and his poems have appeared in Now & Then: The Appalachian Magazine, Kestrel, and other publications.

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Robert M. Wallace is a watchful poet obsessed with the wonders of nature, history, and what lies beyond them.  These poems, like the objects they capture, give a great deal of awe-filled pleasure. --Denise Giardina, author of Storming Heaven

Robert M. Wallace has written a book that has been a long time coming. Everywhere there is evidence of his careful eye: the drowned girl whose body is found off Locust Street / across from the Eureka Skating Rink / impaled on Tommy Logan s picket fence, or the shape of a wine glass that suggests the candor of a woman s belly. The worlds in these poems are full of quiet power birds that soar and kill, rivers that flash and terrify. Reading these poems, we arrive at a great stillness / larger than these hills, much like the hawk of the title poem. --Charles Rafferty, author of The Unleashable Dog

Robert Wallace s Hawk On a Power Line is a work of spare and subtle beauty, full of richly observed and carefully textured descriptions of the natural world. These lyrics are refreshingly bracingly earnest and direct, untainted by fashionable irony, charged with a delicate but forceful sense of spiritual yearning. Like James Still, Wendell Berry, Tony Crunk, and Maurice Manning, Wallace is a poet of his very particular place of West Virginia, of Appalachia, of coal fields and muddy rivers, of windswept skies full of songbirds and birds of prey alike. His collection is a meditation on the always fragile and fleeting nature of beauty, and in this gently luminous series of poems, Wallace succeeds in affirming his own uncanny claim that Beauty is always the exception... Hawk On a Power Line is just such an exception to much of the poetry of our day, whispered but beautifully transformative at once. --Young Smith, author of A City You Will Never Visit

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