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Poems of place emerge so intimately from an intersection of landscape and culture that they couldn't exist someplace else. i Twyla M. Hansen and Linda M. Hasselstrorn's Dirt Songs: A Plains Duet, Winner of the 2012 Nebraska Book Award, poetically embodies the Great Plains. These writers transport readers through high skies and over sprawling ranches and one-tavern towns, pinning stories and memories to creeks and kitchens, pies and opossums. Yet they resist "provincial" poetry; this book's emotional range-nostalgia, loss, joy, serenity-reflect broader human concerns. With its crisp subject matter, conversational writing styles, and exquisite renderings of place, Dirt Songs should be high on the "to read" list for any literature lover.
Mount Marty College
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Stewart-Nunez, Christine, "Review: Twyla M. Hansen & Linda M. Hasselstrom's Dirt Songs: A Plains Duet" (2013). English Faculty Publications. 8.