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Review: Twyla M. Hansen & Linda M. Hasselstrom's Dirt Songs: A Plains Duet
Paddlefish
  • Christine Stewart-Nunez, South Dakota State University
Document Type
Book Review
Publication Version
Version of Record
Publication Date
1-1-2013
Abstract

Poems of place emerge so intimately from an intersection of landscape and culture that they couldn't exist someplace else. i Twyla M. Hansen and Linda M. Hasselstrorn's Dirt Songs: A Plains Duet, Winner of the 2012 Nebraska Book Award, poetically embodies the Great Plains. These writers transport readers through high skies and over sprawling ranches and one-tavern towns, pinning stories and memories to creeks and kitchens, pies and opossums. Yet they resist "provincial" poetry; this book's emotional range-nostalgia, loss, joy, serenity-reflect broader human concerns. With its crisp subject matter, conversational writing styles, and exquisite renderings of place, Dirt Songs should be high on the "to read" list for any literature lover.

Pages
5
Format
application/pdf
Language
en
Publisher
Mount Marty College
Rights
Copyright © 2013 Paddlefish. Posted with permission.
Citation Information
Christine Stewart-Nunez. "Review: Twyla M. Hansen & Linda M. Hasselstrom's Dirt Songs: A Plains Duet" Paddlefish Vol. 7 (2013) p. 170 - 174
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/christine-stewart-nunez/11/