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Where the Meadowlark Sings, by Ellaraine Lockie
Where the Meadowlark Sings is the winner of the 2014 Encircle Publications Chapbook Contest.
“Ellaraine Lockie’s poems emerge from her Montana homeland…Lockie captures the elegance of the landscape in its “ripened wheat, cheatgrass and wildflowers,” but steers clear of romanticism as she addresses the racism, sexism, and loss of young life in the rural West. In these poems, the history of one-room schoolhouses, vigilantes, cattle rustlers and depression-era thrift run close to the surface, only a few generations removed from the headlines and newscasts of a disconnected world.”
—Tami Haaland, Montana State Poet Laureate; winner of the Nicholas Roerich Prize for Breath in Every Room; author of When We Wake in the Night.
“Visit the abandoned schoolhouse out on this vast Montana prairie, and you’re in for an elemental—if not elementary—education in beauty and danger. When modern life wears thin, Ellaraine Lockie’s roots run back to Indian times, and bring forth a wild profusion of prairie flowers.”
—Dan Veach, Editor of Atlanta Review; recipient of the Georgia Author of the Year Award for his poetry collection, Elephant Water.
“Ellaraine Lockie’s Where the Meadowlark Sings takes us on a journey to another place away from the urban sprawl, the spread of modern technology that works the world into a fever we call progress. She takes us to the life of nature and real people who would stomp the stuffing out of you if you cross them but give you their last bite if they thought you were hungry. We who live in crowded cities where freeways serve as parking lots will almost yearn.”
—J. Glenn Evans, Founder, Director, and radio show host of PoetsWest; poet; novelist; author of Broker Jim.