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Cover Art by Amy Holman; Design by Don Mitchell

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Available for Pre-order: I'd love it if you would buy Captive
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“I love a poet who teaches me things, who deals in parallels between words and meaning, who connects the natural world and the life of the mind, and asks the hard questions re. change and stability, fear, captivity, refuge, and survival. Holman’s delightful repetition and sound effects, her music and mimicry, deliver the goods. She deserves a place on the shelf next to Diane Ackerman.” --Richard Peabody, editor Gargoyle Magazine

"In Captive, her sharp-eyed, resplendently smart new book, Amy Holman offers us intricate insights into the diminishing rhythms of a dizzying array of species ranging from rabbits, toads, koalas, wombats and tigers to flowers to birds of every feather to a panoply of sea creatures, preeminently whales. A blue whale, in turn, can take many forms, from magnificent mammal to school art project to folded envelope. And we experience different kinds of blows: both whale exhalations and the blights we inflict and bear “in depleting present, taking the blows” of the pandemic, along with catastrophic oil spills and plastic pollution. Meanwhile, Holman repeatedly revisits the story of a home destroyed by arson. Throughout, she teases out “hidden links and double meaning[s]” implicit in histories, etymologies, and artistic encryptions—including not only the fascinating array of her own poetic forms but lazuli encapsulating a Medieval woman’s “prominence above men’s signatures of the age.” In these exquisite and sobering, grave and witty, disciplined and exhilarating poems, so much of what is captured can’t be held captive. “Awake to every moment,” this wondrous collection is an urgent paean to “what is wild, or what needs to be.” 

—Stephen Massimilla, author of Frank Dark

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