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About Redshift:

In the poems of Redshift, images from science and mathematics dance with artifacts brought shadowed and glittering from memory. Engines and equations encounter forsythia and the green iridescence of locusts. These poems deeply attend to place and past. Wallace studies her memories in the metaphorical light of redshift—the increasing wavelength of visible light as a celestial object recedes—revealing in the smallest detail, infinity.

Designed by book artist Nancy Solomon, Redshift’s text papers echo the gritty, tactile imagery in Wallace’s poems, paired with a painting by Nancy Tokar Miller, which is at once deeply located and full of movement, playing with opacity and transparency. On the cover, cerulean stripes lick across bare handmade paper the color of Tucson sand.

“The lyrics of Redshift praise and pray and return us to the elements of story, place, and soul. Wallace enacts this not by way of still life (though that beauty is here) but by depicting the things of the world – rain, roosters, objects, bodies in their delicate and perennial dramas of motion. In these poems the beauty of sunflowers, hollow-stemmed…unstoppable is as lush as it is instructive.” – Barbara Cully, Kore Press, 2001, Book Release.

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