"Copper Yearning": Review by Karla Huston
Kimberly Blaeser's newest collection of poetry, Copper Yearning (Holy Cow! Press, 158 pgs., $13.49), has been reviewed by Karla Huston (Mill Board Member Emeritus) in the Spring 2020 issue of Wisconsin People & Ideas. That same issue contains the second and third place stories of Nikki Kallio and MIchael Hopkins, two authors with Mill connections, in WP&I's 2019 writing contest. (We reported that here in early June.) Ms. Blaeser was Poet Laureate of Wisconsin in 2015-2016. The book is her fourth collection of poetry and her first since 2007's Apprenticed to Justice (Salt Publishing).
Of the collection, Ms. Huston writes, "Often Blaeser reimagines the history of Native peoples or corrects misconceptions about Native culture. . . . The wonder of Copper Yearning," Huston concludes, "is Blaeser’s sense of storytelling and her sumptuous use of words. Readers will revel in her descriptions and feel the drumbeat of her rhythms."
Karla Huston was Poet Laureate of Wisconsin in 2017-2018. Her latest chapbook is "Grief Bone" (38 pgs, $12.99, Five Oaks Press, 2017). She recently retired from the Board of Directors of The Mill: A Place for Writers and was made Board Member Emeritus.