I Follow in the Dust She Raises
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I Follow in the Dust She Raises is a collection of deeply personal poems born from a life sharply observed. Linda Martin takes readers from the mountains of the West to the shores of Alaska, as she delves into the rippling depth of childhood experiences, tracks the moments that change a life, and settles into the fine grooves of age. Exploring the ties of family and grief, Martin’s unflinching poetry ripples with moments of extraordinary beauty plucked from what seem like ordinary lives.
Linda Martin lives in Homer, Alaska, where she and her husband own and operate a glass shop.
"Martin’s I Follow in the Dust She Raises is the kind of poetry that invites the word luminous, so impoverished by overuse
it can no longer light the inside of a bulb, much less invoke noonday. Too many blurbs
have been attached to a series of lesser books that make the mistake of working nature
by subtraction—assuming that an endless wheat field with a tractor in it under an
immense Nebraska sky—offer a limned absence that by itself could bring us to metaphysical
tears. . . . To simple but potent effect, Martin starts from zero and works by addition."
"Martin’s work will take you on one woman’s lifelong journey in pursuit of that intangible
goal: to be content, a theme that her work so beautifully embodies. Perhaps if you
faithfully journey through these pages with her, by the end, you will realize that
you have found that same thing as well."
—The Homer News
"Mother, father, brother, sister, husband, daughter, son populate this book. But these
relationships, past or present, are not static. As they move in time and place—Montana,
Idaho, Manhattan, Alaska—the poems map an inner geography, spaces of loss and acceptance,
memory and survival. They are stepping stones through a life only as ordinary as the
truth of art. Martin’s poems belie their artfulness almost with the ease of conversation;
they ask for little but give much. Few poets can trace an itinerary of the heart with
such distinctive grace and clarity."
—Stan Sanvel Rubin, author of Hidden Sequel
"These are poems of a humane poet who has made communion with our great ancient stories:
when she sweeps away loss, she discovers wonder, when she wipes away tears, she discovers
play, and when she faces difficult deaths, she reminds us that we all must face our
lives even when they skim ‘lightly on the tide, white, fine as baby hair.’ This is
a splendid book of fire and desire."
—David Biespiel, author of The Book of Men and Women