If Not These Things spirals poems of wonder, humor, close attention and appraised experience, over and over to the reader’s delight.
"[A]n extraordinary selection of language and metaphor.... These are poems to take you to another place and moment."
The Best Material for the Artist in the World tracks the life and career of landscape artist Albert Bierstadt. Relaying the story primarily through his voice, these narrative, lyric, and ekphrastic poems touch the momentum of the developing west, the devastation of native tribes and great buffalo herds, and the resiliency of Bierstadt’s art in our time of environmental awareness and expansionist reappraisal.