THE NORTH STAR AND THE SOUTHERN CROSS
Ann Yarmal
0-938999-03-6
$8.95

Ann Yarmal is a gifted and courageous poet who left the security of her job in Connecticut and joined the Peace Corps to serve in the Eastern Caribbean. This book is a distillation of her experience on both sides of the economic and cultural divide. It is an essentially hopeful book. It holds the promise of a future by attending deeply to the entire spectrum of our present moment as it shifts continually between darkness and light.

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Ann Yarmal has ears to tune language to her own hard, sculpted cadences and, when she chooses to, to wonderfully catch the inflection of those around her. She also has eyes to bear witness, with an illuminating humility and compassion. At her best she catches us up short, takes us out of ourselves, and makes us hear and see how it is with herself and with others in this life.

—Hugh Seidman, Poet

Cover photograph: Billy Moore