Jay Udall's poems reflect his individual - as well as the common experience of - personal awakening. This collection of insightful poems evokes images and memories of the places, environments, and culture through which Udall has traveled during his lifetime. His poems cross personal boundaries to express universal concepts of painful self-realization and the acceptance of a beautiful, yet harsh world. However, the world he describes is not just his own. He fantastically ventures into the skin of lions, mice, and cicadas, creating poignant metaphors of the human condition. The beauty of his work is that Udall finds personal connections and insight in the most seemingly mundane experiences of life as well as the most traumatic and extreme events. These coalesce to create an arena for us to think about our own life-realizations while joining Udall on his journey.
Jay Udall's poems and short stories have appeared in more than seventy-five publications, including literary journals, magazines, newspapers, and anthologies. He is the author of four previous books of poetry: Learning the Language, First Identity, Home in the Dark, and Another Anatomy. He teaches at the University of Nevada and lives in Reno with his wife and young daughter. V. B. Price, the Mary Burritt Christiansen Poetry Series editor, is the recipient of the Arts Alliance Bravo Award for Excellence in Literary Arts, the Erna Fergusson Award for Outstanding Achievement from the Alumni Association of the University of New Mexico, and the ACLU-NM First Amendment Award. He is the author or editor of numerous books including Broken and Reset from UNM Press.