Dakota: Bones, Grass, Sky



Dakota: Bones, Grass, Sky, a reprint of beloved South Dakota poet and writer Linda Hasselstrom’s Dakota Bones, including 50 new poems, reveals the breadth and scope of a keen poetic eye and sensibility, capturing the quotidian rhythms of multigenerational South Dakota ranch life. Hasselstrom’s is a muscular music sculpted by wind and marked by the percussion of hooves, rising into a powerful choir of plainsong. —Lee Ann Roripaugh, South Dakota Poet Laureate, Author of Dandarians

In Dakota: Bones, Grass, Sky, Linda M. Hasselstrom gifts us with vision rooted on the wind-swept high plains, reminds us of the connection between humans and nature in clear-eyed poems that wrestle with fear, regret, loss, gratitude, love, friendship, and the fragility of happiness. —Twyla M. Hansen, Nebraska State Poet, Author of Rock · Tree · Bird

Dakota Bones

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Dakota Bones collects the poems of Hermosa, South Dakota, rancher-poet-essayist Linda Hasselstrom. The book reprints complete her two previous collections of poems (Caught by One Wing and Roadkill, now out of print), and adds 28 previously unpublished poems, a preface, a brief autobiographical sketch, and an alphabetical index of titles. In 1987 Hasselstrom won the American Writing Award from Fulcrum, Inc. for Going Over East (prose), and in 1991 the Elkhorn Prize for poetry published in Nebraska Review.
“Her images are stark, exposed, down to the bone. Death, isolation, and hard work are the major themes in the poems, but mingled with stern subject matter are reminders of what makes the effort worthwhile: sunsets and shimmering grass, rodeos and lemon pies, ‘a single lilac shoot beside a rain-pooled rock.’”—Emily Johnson, Plainswoman“Hasslestrom is living proof that literature can flourish without a steady supply of grants, fellowships, five-figure advances, national awards, and comfortable sinecures. She works every day on her ranch, but she also publishes at least one good book a year.”
—John Murray, Bloomsbury Review

“There is a band of western writers today examining where their region has come from and where it’s headed. . . . Among the best of those who have lived part of that nation-defining history on ranches and reservations and in small towns across the West: Wallace Stenger, Ivan Doig, Patricia Nelson Limerick, James Welch, Linda Hasselstrom, and a few more.”—Brad Knickerbocker, Christian Science Monitor

166 pages
$9.95 paper