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Book of No Ledge - Visual Poems (Paperback): Nance Van Winckel Book of No Ledge - Visual Poems (Paperback)
Nance Van Winckel
R357 R287 Discovery Miles 2 870 Save R70 (20%) Shipped within 7 - 11 working days
Boneland - Linked Stories (Paperback): Nance Van Winckel Boneland - Linked Stories (Paperback)
Nance Van Winckel
R388 Discovery Miles 3 880 Shipped within 7 - 11 working days

Lynette is recuperating from botched Lasik surgery. Her eyesight is damaged, but as she "looks" back on the events of her past, she realizes she may not have seen them correctly when she was actually living them. Her husband's death . . . was it a suicide? The bones unearthed on her uncle's Montana ranch--are they of a steer? a mastodon? a dinosaur? Her beloved cousin Jessie--did she slip into addiction, and if so, where did the addict life take her? The dots of Lynette's past are blurry, but she tries to focus and connect them and to feel her way toward a more accurate vision of the person she has been and may become.
Lynette and her two cousins, Jessie and Buster, narrate the linked short stories that make up "Boneland." Their fathers, brothers, grew up on the ranch in Montana, a place rich in dinosaur fossils that gives the book its title. Continuing an enormous task begun two generations back, one of the uncles is still reconstructing a fossil in the old hay shed. The cousins, meanwhile, carry on the family tradition of reconstructing the mysteries of the past. All three have trouble defining and maintaining their identities. And only they understand the idiosyncrasies of their family--which Nance Van Winckel treats as a character in this ingeniously linked collection of stories. The family is a creature reconstructed from the slippery events of everyone's past.
Fate is sudden and powerful in the life of this clan. A baby is dropped, a family drowned, a tsunami in Thailand changes the course of an already troubled life. Van Winckel releases time from strict adherence to chronology to reveal surprising correspondences. With shifting points of view and distinctive voices, these linked stories, in the hands of a master of the genre, capture the mutability of human experience and the meandering plot lines that make up our lives.

Our Foreigner - Poems (Paperback): Nance Van Winckel Our Foreigner - Poems (Paperback)
Nance Van Winckel; Edited by Suzanne Lummis, Liz Camfiord
R311 Discovery Miles 3 110 Shipped within 7 - 11 working days
No Starling - Poems (Paperback): Nance Van Winckel No Starling - Poems (Paperback)
Nance Van Winckel
R362 Discovery Miles 3 620 Shipped within 7 - 11 working days

The new century peeled me bone bare like a song inside a warbler - that bird, people, who knows not to go where the sky's stopped. Over the years, Nance Van Winckel's extraordinarily precise and energetic voice has built upon its strengths. Unpredictable, wry, always provocative, displaying a sureand startling command of images and ideas, her poems make every gesture of language count. In No Starling, Van Winckel accomplishes what has proven to be so difficult for poets across time: a deeply satisfying balance of the spiritual and political. Although richly peopled with figures from this and parallel worlds - Simone Weil, Verlaine, Nabokov, Eurydice, "the new boys" working in the morgue, and others - No Starling moves beyond a reliance on the dramatic resonance of individual characters. Its vision is deeper, its focus both singular and communal: the self on its journey through the world ("Mouth, mouth: my light / and my exit. Let nothing / block the route"), and our responsibilities as a people for the precarious state of that world. Slate My too-sharp lefts kept making the bundle in back sluice right. I was driving with the dead Nance in the truck bed. The gas gauge didn't work so there was an added worry of running out of juice. Her word. Her word one windy evening with the carpets stripped from a floor, which surprised us as stone - slate from the quarry we were headed to now, but Let's first have us some juice, she'd said, then, barefoot on bare slate. The truck-bedded Nance, wrapped in her winding sheet, thuds left, clunks right. I'm sorry about my driving, sorry about the million lovely pine moths mottled on my windshield. Thank God, here's the quarry, and there's the high ledge, where, as a girl long ago, she'd stepped bravely from the white towel and stared down. Then she'd held her nose and leapt out into it - this same cool and radiant air.

Curtain Creek Farm (Paperback, New edition): Nance Van Winckel Curtain Creek Farm (Paperback, New edition)
Nance Van Winckel
R251 R235 Discovery Miles 2 350 Save R16 (6%) Special order

Now in paperback, stories about a Sixties commune in Washington State, a generation later. The quirky residents of Curtain Creek Farm still make sandals, weave blankets, and grow organic vegetables; but now they also have a web site; their children are having children; and into their underground homes, tree houses, and tin-roofed cabins, aging parents are coming to live with them. Nance Van Winckel "merges popular culture and utopian lifestyles with rosy, generous vision" (Publishers Weekly) in these "fully satisfying stories" (The Seattle Times)

Curtain Creek Farm (Hardcover, 1st ed): Nance Van Winckel Curtain Creek Farm (Hardcover, 1st ed)
Nance Van Winckel
R401 R332 Discovery Miles 3 320 Save R69 (17%) Special order

In these eight interconnected stories, the idiosyncratic inhabitants of a commune started in the '60s in Washington State share the tales of their quirky lives a generation later, calling into question social order vs. anarchy.

Ever Yrs (Paperback): Nance Van Winckel Ever Yrs (Paperback)
Nance Van Winckel
R271 Discovery Miles 2 710 Special order
No Starling - Poems (Hardcover): Nance Van Winckel No Starling - Poems (Hardcover)
Nance Van Winckel
R566 Discovery Miles 5 660 Special order

The new century peeled me bone bare like a song inside a warbler - that bird, people, who knows not to go where the sky's stopped. Over the years, Nance Van Winckel's extraordinarily precise and energetic voice has built upon its strengths. Unpredictable, wry, always provocative, displaying a sureand startling command of images and ideas, her poems make every gesture of language count. In No Starling, Van Winckel accomplishes what has proven to be so difficult for poets across time: a deeply satisfying balance of the spiritual and political. Although richly peopled with figures from this and parallel worlds - Simone Weil, Verlaine, Nabokov, Eurydice, "the new boys" working in the morgue, and others - No Starling moves beyond a reliance on the dramatic resonance of individual characters. Its vision is deeper, its focus both singular and communal: the self on its journey through the world ("Mouth, mouth: my light / and my exit. Let nothing / block the route"), and our responsibilities as a people for the precarious state of that world. Slate My too-sharp lefts kept making the bundle in back sluice right. I was driving with the dead Nance in the truck bed. The gas gauge didn't work so there was an added worry of running out of juice. Her word. Her word one windy evening with the carpets stripped from a floor, which surprised us as stone - slate from the quarry we were headed to now, but Let's first have us some juice, she'd said, then, barefoot on bare slate. The truck-bedded Nance, wrapped in her winding sheet, thuds left, clunks right. I'm sorry about my driving, sorry about the million lovely pine moths mottled on my windshield. Thank God, here's the quarry, and there's the high ledge, where, as a girl long ago, she'd stepped bravely from the white towel and stared down. Then she'd held her nose and leapt out into it - this same cool and radiant air.

Pacific Walkers - Poems (Hardcover): Nance Van Winckel Pacific Walkers - Poems (Hardcover)
Nance Van Winckel
R443 R401 Discovery Miles 4 010 Save R42 (9%) Special order

Nance Van Winckel's wry, provocative slant on the world and her command of images and ideas enliven these stunning poems. Presented in two parts, "Pacific Walkers" first gives imagined voice to anonymous dead individuals, entries in the John Doe network of the Spokane County Medical Examiner's Records. The focus then shifts to named but now-forgotten individuals in a discarded early-1900s photo album purchased in a secondhand store. We encounter figures devoid of history but enduring among us as lockered remains, and figures who come with histories-first names and dates, and faces preserved in photographs-but who no longer belong to anyone.

The voice that brings us these poems is multifaceted-now a reporter for the "Daily Sun," now a child, now a ghost, now historical, now autobiographical-always revelatory in its life force and urgent questioning. It is, finally, as fluid as the river that winds through, uniting these singular and unknown selves. Their worlds-and ours-intersect and flicker in this haunting book.

Nance Van Winckel is the author of five books of poetry, including "No Starling" and "After a Spell," winner of the Washington State Governor's Award for Poetry, and three collections of short stories. Her numerous awards include two National Endowment for the Arts Poetry Fellowships, a Pushcart Prize, and "Poetry Magazine"'s Friends of Literature Award. She lives near Spokane, Washington, with her husband, the artist Rik Nelson.

"An exquisite collection. Those who love stories; those who are interested in ways of thinking about memory, the passing of time, family history, old photographs; and those who enjoy just hovering for a moment in the beauty of arresting details and language will be eager readers of "Pacific Walkers."" -Nancy Eimers, author of "A Grammar to Waking" and "Oz"

Limited Lifetime Warranty (Hardcover, New): Nance Van Winckel Limited Lifetime Warranty (Hardcover, New)
Nance Van Winckel
R451 R408 Discovery Miles 4 080 Save R43 (10%) Special order

When a boat carrying two passengers capsizes in a logjam on Lake Coeur d'Alene, it is Martha, the narrator and central character of the interrelated stories of Limited Lifetime Warranty, who hears the strangers' cries for help from the bow of her family's own boat. In the aftermath of the rescue, she and her father, mother, and older sister retell the story again and again. It is an evening that forever defines the constellation of their family. "So I became the heroine of hearing, " Martha says. "I hear tragedy coming, and I point the way to rescue." Her mother became the bearer of light, and her father, who steered around the treacherous logs, became "the one who kept us afloat." When Martha's father dies suddenly and her sister, Becky, suffers brain damage from an anesthesia accident, the family founders, and it is Martha who must return the rest of the family to an even keel. As the events of Martha's life unfold, she learns from women who move through life with indomitable spirit. From the aging weaver Mrs. Althauser she learns to make something beautiful out of rags and scraps. From ten-year-old Marci, whose father is dying of cancer, she learns that the best way to face a terrible thing is to stare it down. Finally, hearing and heeding the call of her heart, Martha chooses veterinary school over medical school. Forsaking fluffy poodles and foreign-born cats for farm animals, she follows an unconventional path as a large-animal veterinarian and discovers new shapes of happiness in her adult life as a wife, as a surrogate mother, and as a friend and neighbor in her community. Filled with unforgettable characters and language as true as life, Limited Lifetime Warranty is a stirringportrait of one remarkable woman.

Quake (Paperback, New): Nance Van Winckel Quake (Paperback, New)
Nance Van Winckel
R359 R330 Discovery Miles 3 300 Save R29 (8%) Special order

Quake \kwk\ vi quaked; quak-ing: to shake or vibrate usually from shock or instability.

Unforeseen and unavoidable shocks not only alter our lives but send tremors into the futures of many others. In this intriguing collection of five individual yet interconnected stories, Nance Van Winckel chronicles the ripple effects that one life or action can have on the lives of many seemingly unrelated people.

Held together by a wealth of images, items, and ideals, these tantalizing tales join Sara, Fritz, Maria, Stevie, Nona, Claudia, and Sam as one. An earthquake appears in each story, reminding us that beneath the surface, all is tumult, molten, flux. And while each quake sings of life's unpredictability and precariousness, it is joined by familiar imagesplayer pianos, brass doorknobs, and movie posterswhich fall away, often to return, altered.

The role of Gypsies, apparently inconsequential at first, grows to become a unifying voice. When Sara loses her hands after a freak accident in "Ever After," she encounters two Gypsy sisters whose scandalous family affairs permeate the rest of the book. In "Hearsay," Fritz, an out-of-work ventriloquist, is haunted by a failed love affair with a Gypsy woman thirty-four years past, and the son he never knew. In the final story of the collection, "Taking Leave," the artist Sam leaves his old life behind to start over again, while his wife seeks solace among a group of intriguing women who help her begin anew.

A tapestry of interwoven destinies, of loves lost and lives rediscovered, "Quake" will pull the reader deep into the intensity of Van Winckel's fictive world.

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