With an astonishing mix of lyric and narrative control, Adams traces the experiences of women--women of many hues, too--as they take part in establishing the Santa Fe Trail. She reminds us that myth is how we explain the quotidian, and in her own words, this is how the woman dreams/ a herd of buffalo dances around her tipi/. . . and she knows her dream is a sign. Here is a sign that poetry still opens alternative windows to history. --A. Van Jordan
Lavonne J. Adams s mesmerizing Through the Glorieta Pass
weaves a chorus of women s voices into a poetic tapestry through which human longing, determination, and landscape itself speak to us. With authority and integrity, Adams has brought both the beauty and the danger along the Santa Fe Trail to life in her poems. On this journey westward, transformation was inevitable. The ways of the Apaches and the Mexicans mingled with the lives of the settlers. Out of that medicine bag of history has come poetry that speaks to the heart. --Kathryn Stripling Byer, North Carolina Poet Laureate
Marrying the historical persona poem with the paired down lyric, Lavonne Adams captures the voices of more than a dozen women as if through a stereoscope or small spectral glass--each voice unique, each experience exacting. Together these disparate voices create one vast landscape, rendered in startling language and beautiful imagery. Though focused on the past, this collection is utterly brilliant and new. --Sarah Messer
About the Author
Lavonne J. Adams grew up in Norfolk, Virginia, but has made North Carolina her home for the past thirty years. She is the recipient of the Persephone Poetry Prize for her chapbook Everyday Still Life,
and the Randall Jarrell/Harperprints Chapbook Award for In the Shadow of the Mountain.
She was an artist-in-residence at the Harwood Museum of Art, Taos, New Mexico, and has been awarded a Helene Wurlitzer Foundation Residency for Summer 2009. Adams teaches in the Department of Creative Writing at the University of North Carolina Wilmington.