Approaching the Gate

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Pub Date: 11/04/2014

Pages: 72

Publisher: Holy Cow! Press

Imprint: Holy Cow! Press

ISBN 13: 9780985981853

ISBN 10: 0985981857

Price: $15.00 / $19.99 CAN

Category: POETRY / Women Authors

Approaching the Gate

By Lynette Reini-Grandell

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About the Book

Winner of the 2015 Northeastern Minnesota Book Award for Poetry

Lynette Reini-Grandell's long-anticipated debut collection of poetry quickens with forward movement, be it in a car that pushes towards the stars—or with a horse that suddenly spooks, leaving the speaker "knocked down, / breathless, / turning to the sight of a thousand-pound horse / rushing the gate / and leaping over my head." Several of the poems probe the experience of her grandparents who emigrated from Finland and settled on a farm in northern Minnesota in the early twentieth century. The urge to move forward is matched with a deep love and reverence for creatures living in their natural world, for the buzz of the city, for unmet ancestors and kindred spirits, and most especially for her transgender husband.

Approaching the Gate

Peel back the feathers, peel back the fur.
The pale, protective skin--peel that away too.

Pull apart anything that covers,
scrape away whatever doesn't fit.

Let light stream in at the speed of blood,
slice past cornea, sclera, iris, retina.

Anything to fell the green-leaved past
and pave a roadway,

anything to get to the inside,
anything to plow this ground under.

Lynette Reini-Grandell's poetry has received grants from the Minnesota State Arts Board and the Finlandia Foundation. Her work has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize and is part of an art installation in room 5D of the Carlton Arms Hotel in Manhattan. In Minneapolis, she reads regularly with the Bosso Poetry Company, a subsidiary of Bosso Enterprises, theoretically based in Big Lever, Wyoming.

About the Book

A dynamic new voice, Lynette Reini-Grandell's first poetry collection cracks with energy, innovation while staying close to the personal, familiar.

Author

Lynette Reini-Grandell is also the author of Approaching the Gate (Holy Cow! Press, 2014), which won the Northeastern Minnesota Book Award for Poetry. Her work has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize and is part of a permanent art installation at the Carlton Arms Hotel in Manhattan. She has received grants from the Finlandia Foundation and the Minnesota State Arts Board and holds an MA and PhD in literature from the University of Minnesota. A two-time president of the Minnesota Council of Teachers of English, she teaches at Normandale Community College. She lives in Minneapolis, where she reads regularly with the Bosso Poetry Company, performs with the jazz/poetry collective Sonoglyph, and is married to the transgender performance artist/musician, Venus de Mars. More information is available on her website, www.Reini-Grandell.com.