Poetry. "The tinder of Lesley Wheeler's latest collection of poems ignites a tremendous bonfire with the glow of both history and the future illuminated in the present dark. In poem after exquisite poem she writes of both the spark and the ember, where 'Scent resonates / even though the blooms are closed.' Here in her breathtaking work the landscapes of the past are indelibly linked with our hardwired present."—Oliver De La Paz
Lesley Wheeler, Poetry Editor of Shenandoah, is the author of five poetry collections, including THE STATE SHE'S IN; The Receptionist and Other Tales, finalist for the James Tiptree, Jr. Award; and HETEROTOPIA, winner of the Barrow Street Press Poetry Prize. Unbecoming, her first novel, appeared in 2020, and her most recent scholarly book is Voicing American Poetry: Sound and Performance from the 1920s to the Present. Her work has received support from the Fulbright Foundation, Bread Loaf, Sewanee Writers Workshop, and the National Endowment for the Humanities. Wheeler's poems and essays appear in Kenyon Review Online, Poetry, American Poetry Review, Guernica, and other journals. Find her on Instagram and Twitter as @LesleyMWheeler.