"Debra Nystrom's poems are like prairie grass bending in the wind and living off of nothing. They contain a stark human story of two abandoned children—Will and Ellie—whose darker hair and skin make them aware of differences. This is the story of their lives. If you listen closely, beyond the hard-caked land, the parched air, and the oceanic loneliness, you will hear a harmonica playing. The night sky glistens with constellations. And something pure is being lifted out of nothingness."—Henri Cole
Debra Nystrom's three previous poetry collections include A Quarter Turn. She's received awards from Five Points, VQR, Shenandoah, the Library of Virginia, and the Virginia Arts Commission. She teaches in the University of Virginia's MFA Program.