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Here is a Clearing by Heather Hamilton

Edition: 500 copies of the winning books were printed by the Prolific Group and designed by Gabriele Wilson, with covers by John Gall.


Here Is a Clearing is an electric-bright debut, unflinching in its attention to the natural world, but also to the not-of-this-world, the place above so charged, as in a plane, where “we stare forward, mouthing the script/ for jump order....” This chapbook does indeed thrive on collecting an ecology of “Earth's scatted deposition,” one that holds much earthly promise for Heather Hamilton, a poet of extraordinary and indispensable gifts.

—Aimee Nezhukumatathil


In the thick dark I nose
toward the salt-smelling blood. It goes

swimming in all directions when I bite.
Above is the too-bright

where steel-fin moves from thin
to thick and back again.

It is the quickest swimmer I’ve seen.
The slowest blood stays close to sand, in the green-

tinted thin where the bottom stays lit.
Sometimes I get a taste of it.

All rights reserved. Reprinted with the permission of the author.

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