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Parallel Press Publishes ‘Alibi for Two’

June 27, 2014


Alibi for Two by Augustus Merrill (Parallel Press, 2014)
Alibi for Two by Augustus Merrill
(Parallel Press, 2014)

Parallel Press is pleased to announce the publication of Alibi for Two, a new collection of poetry and prose by Agustus Merrill. ($10.00, Parallel Press, 2014).

Alibi for Two pays homage to life and love in the long winter nights of the North Woods, where “the new moon is laced/Across its white face/With the winter willows” and a wood stove is a treasured gift, “flaming frost/From the walls of my windy house” and kindling more than the yellow birch. With a unique blend of poetry and prose, Augustus Merrill shows us the starkness and grandeur of this wilderness and the changes in emotional landscape that are brought on almost as changes of season — “Through lily pads, cattails, green poplin sky” and with ice that blows in across the lake from Canada across the lake — bringing us to understand that the soul of the land has come to reside within the poet himself.

Augustus Lee Merrill is retired from a thirty-year career as professor of English literature at Northland College in Ashland, Wisconsin. He has been involved in the conservation issues of the Lake Superior region as a member of the boards of the Sigurd Olson Environmental Institute and Voyageurs National Park. His writing has appeared in College English, Poetry Now, The Wisconsin Academy Review, and Gray’s Sporting Journal. Merrill lives with his wife Melinda in Washburn, Wisconsin.

Alibi for Two is available for purchase through Parallel Press for $10.00. Discounts are provided for libraries, booksellers, and non-profit organizations.

Questions? Contact Parallel Press: 608-262-1433 or parallelpress@library.wisc.edu