Diane Raptosh's poems balance reticence against revelation to create a poetry that is urgent, fresh, and beautiful. On the deepest level, these poems are concerned with our failures of communication, the limitations and possibilities of speech, the search for a literal and figurative home, the entanglements of love given and received. Whether she writes of stuttering or of an ill-fitting gift, her work glows with intelligence, wit, and emotion. The book's lively dramatic mologues are sure to provoke sighs of recognition, as well as some thoughtful amusement.
Diane Raptosh teaches creative writing and literature at The College of Idaho, where she holds the Eyck-Berringer Endowed Chair in English. She is the author of Parents from a Different Alphabet, Just West of Now and Labor Songs (all Guernica Editions publications). She lives in Boise, Idaho. She has won three fellowships in literature through the Idaho Commission on the Arts.