Poetry. In this astounding second collection, Ioanna Carlsen presents us with visions of breath, both ecstatic and mundane—at once spoken, quoted, and listened for—examining the air shared by all. It is breathing that connects us, the poet knows. And she crosses dimensional and existential bounds to prove this connection: "We live only in one dimension // such is luck, human, / to look at a picture and hear sadness / cry like a duck flying over a lake // that has fallen asleep / in a twilight that visits forever."
Ioanna Carlsen's poems and stories have appeared in Agni, Poetry, Field, Alaska Quarterly Review, Hudson Review, Prairie Schooner, Ploughshares, Beloit Poetry Journal, Poetry Daily, Glimmer Train, among others. In 2002, she won the Glimmer Train Poetry Open, and in 2015, her collection The Whisperer won second place in the New Mexico Press Women's Book Contest. Author City: TESUQUE, NM USA