Poetry. "In Laura Walker's splendid book STORY, she shares the strategies of telling, which, as every savvy writer knows, is a constant tug between sharing and holding back, finding, losing, and recovering the threads of narration—as Paul Ricoeur said: narrative is human time. Walker's rich and delicate story of natural forces, human forces, master narratives, and secret moments whispered on deathbeds is as whole and as fragile as any fine sequence of poems: from soldiers inside of hollow trees to a loved but slightly dangerous brother to birds' silent migration, to the loneliness of a child's unarticulated world, a family history is woven together in moments of safety and danger, achieving clarity. It is the story of herself and the story of the story. It is a dance of life and death and a music to live by."—Maxine Chernoff
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Laura Walker is the author of STORY (Apogee Press, 2016), FOLLOW-HASWED (Apogee Press, 2012), BIRDBOOK (Shearsman Books, 2011), rimertown/ an atlas (UC Press, 2008), and swarm lure (Battery Press, 2004), and the chapbook bird book (Albion Books, 2010). She grew up in North Carolina and now lives in Berkeley, California, where she teaches poetry.