Tourist in the Pure Land

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Pub Date: 04/22/2014

Pages: 102

Publisher: Holy Cow! Press

Imprint: Holy Cow! Press

ISBN 13: 9780985981846

ISBN 10: 0985981849

Price: $16.00 / $20.99 CAN

Category: POETRY / American / General

Tourist in the Pure Land

By Kate Green

Price: $16.00



About the Book

Kate Green's second full-length book of poetry spans thirty years of writing, an accumulation of lyricism layered with wisdom. Her poems illuminate ordinary, broken things, drawing us toward the transcendent in the everyday. She is a native Minnesota poet, and her verse is grounded in that northern realm. But her work is anything but provincial, evoking as it does images and sensations that resonate within us all. Her recollection of her father's mystical quest for the deep-swimming walleyed pike—"monstrous lunkers, dying of old age"—is both amusing and recognizable to anyone with their own obsessions. From lush Caribbean islands to the arid hills of New Mexico to the innermost recesses of her own body, this poet's vibrant voice takes the reader into her own "pure land."

From "Question for the Newborn":

if you think back
maybe it will come to you,
the ecstatic pain of cells dividing,
face coiling out of the brain,
the time in the mothery sea
when the outside of your face
was the same as your mind
and your skin was not a shell
but the inside of a flower
that in turn was a wound
so open we call it human.

Kate Green's poetry has received two Bush Foundation Fellowships in Poetry and a Loft McKnight Award. Her novel Shattered Moon was nominated for the Edgar Allan Poe Award and was a Book-of-the-Month Club selection. She has published four other mystery novels and eight books for children. She teaches college writing in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

About the Book

Kate Green's much anticipated new collection, clear-sighted poems of love, loss, and feminist sensibility.


Kate Green (B.A. ’72), who earned her master’s degree in creative writing from Boston University (where she studied with John Cheever and Anne Sexton), has taught at the University of Minnesota and Hamline University and is now at North Hennepin Community College.

Author of the 1986 Edgar Award–winning mystery "Shattered Moon," Green has published five novels, eight children’s books, and two collections of poetry. Her novels were selected by the Book of the Month Club and translated into ten languages. She has won a Minnesota Book Award and two Bush Foundation Fellowships for Poetry and has raised three sons, also writers, who write hip-hop and spoken word. She is collaborating on a children’s book with her middle son, Elliot Looney, on The Man, which follows a black man as he searches for direction and identity. This summer she plans to finish a memoir about her experience as a white mother raising multiracial children.