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Cloudshade

by Lori Howe

The poems of Cloudshade breathe with the vivid, fragrant essence of life in every season on America’s high plains.
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1. Introduction
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2. Epigraph
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3. Rain Coming—for B. H. Fairchild
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4. Beach Camping, Nebraska
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5. Plum Sky
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6. High Plains Solstice
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7. Midnight Gospel
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8. Anniversary
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9. Lady of the Valley
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10. Cloudshade
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11. Tangible Stretch Royal Gorge, Co
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12. Far Between Towns
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13. Reading Maps At Night
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14. Offerings
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15. Dusk
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16. Factories Row, Wyoming
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17. At the Bottom of the Lake
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18. Los Rosalia, Olivares
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19. Winter Archipelago, Vedauwoo
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20. On the Ice
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21. Mending
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22. Ghost Houses
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23. Twilight and Dawn
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24. The Eight
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25. En Route to My Father’s Funeral
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26. The Mercies of April
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27. New Trees—for Courtney Westhoff 
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28. Before the Rain
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29. Shirley Basin Road
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30. Apocrypha
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31. Ghosts of the High Plains
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32. Inside the Night Sky—for Anthony Doerr
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33. Credits
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
In every season, life on America’s high plains is at once harsh and beautiful, liberating and isolated, welcoming and unforgiving. The poems of Cloudshade take us through those seasons, swinging wide a glassless window to life in the West--to antelope flowing seamless over dirt roads, boom and bust ghost towns, deep, glacial lakes ringed with glowing aspen trees, ice fishing by the Northern Lights, and as in “High Plains Solstice,” live music on summer nights that

carves hot petals
through our bodies
in its ritual of tides
and light;
licks us open
from the inside
until we are night-blooming jasmine
seduced by the moon.

Cloudshade is a book for everyone, from poetry lovers to those who don’t usually read poems. If you’ve ever waited through five or six months of winter for the first signs of spring, stood outside to feel the first, long-awaited summer rains, caught the wood-smoke and cottonwood scent of fall, or stood on a frozen lake, listening to winter rumbling and heaving through the ice, these poems will carry you back to what is elemental and haunting about life on the high plains, as in “On the Ice,” where

We wait, silent, hearing with our feet
the seething of ultramarine blood,
the twitching of bones,
rumbles of omens
and restless spirits.
The ice stretches and heaves,
cracking like gunshot,
and beneath that, glints and gleamings
of sound, like whales
calling across the darkness.


In the poetic tradition of James Wright and B.H. Fairchild, these poems are rooted in the mercies of daily life, illuminating the intersections between our own internal landscapes and those that surround us. Howe offers a fleeting portrait of that intersection in the poem, “En Route to My Father’s Funeral”

At a pale crossroads,
in an open shop two floors up,
a welder works into the night.
His arc is lonesome in the cool air,
gobbets of fire
like unformed angels
falling.


Whether you live on the high plains or it lives in your memory, the poems of Cloudshade, like the first summer rain, bring the sounds, scents, and the vividness of life back to us, whole.

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Aaron L

Excellent reading of poetry
This was the first poetry audiobook I've bought in forever. And it was a worthwhile buy. I heard Lori read some of her poems in Jackson Hole, WY, in December 2015. She said her audio book was coming out soon, so I had to buy a copy as soon as I could.
Her voice gave me the feeling of living through the distinct four seasons of the high plains. There's nothing wacky or abstract about her work, though there's humor and joy. It's not your college study of obscurity but rather of feeling and experience. Highly recommended.
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