Five Oaks Press

The Forest of the Suburbs–Molly Kugel Merkner

The Forest of the Suburbs occupies that liminal place where the housing development meets the prairie, where a coyote might appear on the planned streets among the numbered houses. . . Molly Kugel Merkner writes with a truth-telling lyric insistence, with the natural eye of Marianne Moore and the quiet wisdom of Elizabeth Bishop. She not only challenges our detachment and indifference, but carries us forward, breath by breath, poem by poem, line by line to some place simultaneously beautiful and painful and always transformative. It is oddly reassuring to discover these poems—to know that someone with this type of vision and ability is out there and paying this type of attention. ~Eliot Khalil Wilson, The Saint of Letting Small Fish Go and This Island of Dogs

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