New Poetry Collection Explores Two Distant Worlds
A Tom Lombardo Poetry Selection
Praise for Frozen Latitudes
In Frozen Latitudes, Therése Halscheid welcomes the lucky reader into a world of deep love, familial illness, and the dual human urges to speak and be heard. The narrator takes a look at “how it really looked long ago” and how “lips, bright as scars, are parting / open with words so the great air can take them.” The settings of these exquisite poems range from a childhood home colored by a father’s dementia to the northern interior of Alaska with its stories from The Real People in which each word is “a language of light.” These are moving, masterful poems in a brilliantly cohesive collection.
— Donna Baier Stein, editor of Tiferet
The wrenching attempt to comprehend a father’s dementia fires Therése Halscheid’s Frozen Latitudes. Past starvation, past an encounter with a demanding landscape, the poet emerges tougher, wiser, her compassion intact. “But give me your words,” she writes, “that I might wear / what is unspoken outward / into the world.” This wondrous book does just that, with light, exactitude, and a respect for raw mystery.
— Paul Lisicky, author of Unbuilt Projects
“My lips, bright as scars, are parting / open with words,” writes Therése Halscheid. In these moving poems of loss, interwoven with vivid poems inspired by people and the landscape of Alaska, she composes resonant lines imbued with deep emotion.
— Arthur Sze, author of Compass Rose