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Restless and exhilarating, Lexa Hillyer’s inaugural collection spins headlong into a rush of sound and image, revealing possibilities usually hidden to us under a thin layer of ice or snow. A silky year-long song, Acquainted with the Cold begins with a seduction and ends with a call: “Barred owl, I’m ready./Convince me of eternity.” The winner of the 2011 Melissa Lanitis Gregory Poetry Prize invites the reader to live life more fully, to delve into the wild possibilities open to us all.

Lexa Hillyer

poet, editor, and co-founder of paper lantern lit