PACIFIC WALKERS

From University of Washington Press, Northwest Poetry Series

Just out! Nance's sixth collection of poems.


"These moving poems span a multifaceted range of narrators." —Craig Morgan Teicher, Publishers Weekly, January 2013

(from the book) SIGNING ON WITH THE DAILY SUN

Nearing a thousand words a minute, I can type
to your health. I can input a print that’s fit
to all. Can get across baby without
a single b . I can keep my prayer mat
under wraps. Ditto the armband. I have the facts,
you have the contracts. Sure, you can change
my name to Lance in the byline.

Like jerking off Band-Aids, I can rip away
calendar pages so fast, no one will even know
we’re over the past. Day in, day out, I can
make them play along with my playing
along, can make them believe decedent,
can disseminate and disguise at the same time
what’s face up, fetid, gnawed at by weasels.

Just. The. Facts. I am like you. Or passing
through you like a taco. Easily rolled up
to swat a pesky moth. Spread wide to accept
your bounty of trout guts. Quick to appear,
pass the verbiage, and disappear.
I can stay anon. I can live anon.
I can keep anon in my heart.

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Fiction
"Nance Van Winckel has long been one of my favorite poets—a voice I turn to again and again for imagery and music and to remind me of the loveliness and intensity of the subtle narrative woven into the subtle lyric. Pacific Walkers shows her at the peak of her powers. It is a riveting book, accumulating in strangeness and fearsome magic as it moves through the mysteries of existence and mortality." —Laura Kasischke
BOOKS OF POEMS
NO STARLING was published in 2007 by the University of Washington Press.
SAMPLE POEM
received the Friends of Literature Award from POETRY MAGAZINE.
BOOKS OF FICTION
Linked stories, each told by a resident of a commune in Eastern Washington.
SAMPLE SHORT STORY
Originally appeared in AGNI