Gold Passage was chosen for the Trio Award by Ross Gay, who said of her collection: "There is so much to admire in Gold Passage: the precise music; the strangeness and mystery; the deep wonder expressed in straight narratives and interior, chambered lyrics; a big human heart trying to make some sense of the unknowable world. And too, magical outbursts of image and song--'I bloomed like a goddamned hyacinth' - to which I say Amen."
There's a Ghost in this Machine of Air
Paperback / ISBN: 978-1625491619 / Pages: 96 / November 2015, Word Tech Editions / $18.00
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There's a Ghost in this Machine of Air tells the untold history of Western Sonoma County from the Gravenstein Apple to the Laguna de Santa Rosa.
"The first bite of a tangy Gravenstein apple or a stroll through the pastoral beauty of the Laguna de Santa Rosa might never be the same after one reads Iris Jamahl Dunkle’s new book of poetry, There’s a Ghost in this Machine of Air. Dunkle, who lives in Sebastopol, weaves prose, history and imagination together to create a vibrant collection of poems celebrating the west county’s past and present. 'History is part of what I breathe,' Dunkle said. 'It haunts me daily, in a good way.'"
from "Haunting poems give texture to Sonoma County history" by Ariana Reguzzoni
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