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SELECTED POEMS BY DENNIS SAMPSON

Selected Poems by Dennis Sampson includes the best work from the poet's seven extant volumes of poetry.  Sampson's first book, The Double Genesis, was published in 1986 by Story Line Press. Sampson's poems embody the spirit of a solitary tree, the natural world, and the intimate spaces both within and between people. 

"In an era of handsomely written books of poetry largely about their own skill with language, it's more than breathtaking to encounter a poet who writes for the most basic reason: because he has to."

Philip Levine

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SECRETS OF THE TREES
BY ALISSA LUKARA

Nikkie, a twenty-two-year-old dancer performing at the Hollywood Bowl, is about to become a star. Instead, at the height of her performance, she is sent reeling by the vision of a girl and her parents being shot in a forest in 1940s Latvia. Knowing she will not be able to dance again until she solves the mystery of the vision, she goes on a quest to Latvia, the land of their ancestors, to uncover the secrets hidden in the trees of her vision and to find the father they’ve never met.


The novel is set in 2003, thirteen years after a nonviolent Singing Revolution freed Latvia from fifty years of Soviet rule. The world-famous Latvian Song and Dance Festival, the country’s cultural masterpiece, is about to take place.

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