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SEASON UNLEASHED, a new collection of poems by Anna Odessa Linzer, an American Book Award-winning novelist, evokes the dramatic yet subtle wonder of the Salish Sea.
SEASON UNLEASHED, a new collection of poems by American Book Award-winning novelist and poet Anna Odessa Linzer, evokes the dramatic yet subtle beauty of the Salish Sea bioregion in intimate detail based on the author’s long acquaintance, close attention, and deep reflection. As seasons unfold, light and shadow shimmer, revealed in fine details of place, bringing cedar, salal, tansy, and ghost berry to life in lyrical poems and prose passages. With a keen awareness born of the familiarity of paths and beaches she walks daily, the poet turns her attentive gaze equally to shell, bone, feather, river, and mountain. Memories surface, linking past and present as the poet’s Norwegian-Lenape heritage and her life on the Suquamish Port Madison Indian Reservation intertwine. A long-distance, cold-water swimmer, Anna Linzer glides through the seasons in the cool blue-green waters she calls home, inviting us to join her in her powerful, deep immersion.
Praise for Anna Linzer's Ghost Dancing:
"Linzer delivers it straight up . . . Her prose is spare and seductive, drawing us into understanding."
—Seattle Times Post-Intelligencer
Anna Odessa Linzer has always lived along the Salish Sea. Her deep connection with the Pacific Northwest is reflected in both her poems and her fiction. Her novel Ghost Dancing (Picador/St. Martin's Press, 1998) received an American Book Award in 1999. Her novels Blind Virgil, Dancing on Water, and A River Story were produced as the handbound, limited-edition Home Waters by fine-arts publisher Marquand Books. A River Story was adapted and performed as a two- person play, and her poems have been featured in gallery and museum installations as well as on wine bottles. As a bookbinder and designer, Linzer received a Pacific Northwest Booksellers Award for Excellence in 1975. One of her sculptural handbound books received an award at the Pacific Northwest Arts and Crafts Festival in 1976. Her nonfiction work received a Terry McAdams Award in 2000. She has been a copyeditor for PARIS, LA; a fiction editor of Raven Chronicles; and a chair of the PEN West Literary Awards. She has often worked on environmental protection and restoration issues, including founding one of the first land trusts in Washington State.