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Crossing the Great Divide
Jean Feraca

“One of the most promising poets of her generation.”
 —Grace Schulman, poetry editor of The Nation

Author of the recent and critically acclaimed memoir I Hear Voices, Jean Feraca is also an award-winning poet. Her second collection of poems, Crossing the Great Divide, has not been widely available until now but forms a fascinating counterpoint to the story of emergence she reveals in her memoir. Brilliant, passionate, sexual, these poems travel into mythic ancestral landscapes in southern Italy and Sicily, on a psychic journey of self-discovery, sometimes luminous, sometimes harrowing, leading ultimately to deliverance, as in the title poem of the collection:

“I shall live out my life rejoicing ribboning under the jagged shadow of the hawk. There is no reason for this joy eagle-bald, knifing through me like a canyon. There is nothing in this landscape that defines me.” © Jean Feraca. All rights reserved.

Jean Feraca is the author of three collections of poetry and the recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts Award, an Academy of American Poets Award, a Discovery Award from The Nation, and two Hopwood Awards. Her newest book is I Hear Voices: A Memoir of Love, Death, and the Radio. A resident of Madison, Wisconsin, she is the Distinguished Senior Producer with Wisconsin Public Radio, where she is host and executive producer of Here on Earth: Radio without Borders.

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Of Related Interest
I Hear Voices
A Memoir of Love, Death, and the Radio
Jean Feraca

the cover of Feraca's poetry book is black and wine tones. there are two photos, of two Italian hill towns, facing each other across a ravine, and of Jean Feraca's maternal grandmother, Vincenza ("Jenny")

February 2008

72 pp.  5 1/2 x 9

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