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Refugia: Poems - Test Site Poetry Series (Paperback)
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Refugia: Poems - Test Site Poetry Series (Paperback)

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Paperback 104 Pages / Published: 30/08/2019
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Winner of the inaugural Interim 2018 Test Site Poetry Series Prize, Refugia is a bright and hopeful voice in the current conversation about climate change. Kyce Bello's stunning debut ponders what it means to inhabit a particular place at a time of enormous disruption, witnessing a beloved landscape as it gives way to, as Bello writes, "something other and unknown." These poems explore the author's home ground in Northern New Mexico and carefully observe nature's seasons in parallel with personal cycles of renewal and loss. The vivid and engaging poetry touches upon history, inheritance, dry rivers, mountains, and most of all, trees-be they Western conifer forests succumbing to climate change or family trees reaching simultaneously into the past and future. In doing so, Bello creates a connection between generations that underscores our most critical tool for survival: imagination.

Ultimately a dedication of resilience, Refugia creates a terrain of the imagination that is, like ecological terrain, grounded in image and yet many-layered and unresolved. This poetry is a listening that writes us back into an ecological language of place that is crucial to our survival in this time of environmental crisis.

Publisher: University of Nevada Press
ISBN: 9781948908344
Number of pages: 104
Dimensions: 140 x 216 mm


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Kyce Bello elegantly braids together a focus on daily concerns-with an emphasis on family dynamics, particularly motherhood-with environmental concerns, as she grapples with the gifts and burdens of living in the Anthropocene... Bello's ability to hold joy and despair in the heart at once is remarkable; her concern for drought, for lost conifers, for the world her children will inhabit and inherit shines in these poems." - Amie Whittemore, author of Glass Harvest

"Kyce Bello's haunting Refugia is both homage and lament for the Earth we share. Kinder than Robinson Jeffers, Bello extends her sympathy also to the transience of human existence wherein we are all, ultimately, refugees. The equanimity of Bello's vision is direly needed in the ongoing environmental crises of our world. I'm thankful to find a poet in the 21st century with such compassion." - Claudia Keelan, Barrick Distinguished Scholar at UNLV

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