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Carol Light is a graduate of the UNO Writer's Workshop, and studied poetry in the University of Washington MFA program, where she was awarded the Academy of American Poets Prize. She received the Robert H. Winner Memorial Award from the Poetry Society of America in 2013, and an award from Artist Trust in 2012. Her poems have appeared in Poetry Northwest, Narrative Magazine, American Life in Poetry, 32 Poems, and elsewhere. Carol’s first full-length book of poems, Heaven from Steam, was a finalist for the 2012 Able Muse Book Award. She lives with her family in Port Townsend, WA.
Carol Light’s Heaven from Steam moves effortlessly from the humorous to the serious, from mundane concerns to sublime. She writes as convincingly of carnal pleasures as of spiritual mysteries. Light’s playful energy is imbued with pleasing rhythms and sonic patterns. With surprising wordplay and associations, she renders complex vistas as understandable simplicities, finds fresh, inventive turns of phrase that will remain with the reader. Her multifarious themes include questions of faith, divorce, childbearing, cathedrals, the Pacific Northwest, the Prairies, Italy—especially Rome—and beyond. This visionary debut collection will delight the discerning lover of poetry.