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New Book from MFA Alumna Donna Isaac


Footfalls by Donna Isaac (MFA ‘07)
Published by Pocahontas Press
January 2018

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Footfalls is a poetry collection of the author's reflections growing up in Appalachia, including words of wisdom from Appalachian people. Each poem’s meaning is enhanced by the graphic style given to it.


“These poems dazzle and delight...full of home, hurt, healing. Reading them will settle and unsettle you, give you cause to laugh and lament, and realize that Donna Isaac is a clear-eyed, talented poet who invites you to look again at what might seem familiar, shivering in recognition at what you missed the first time. We are lucky to have her poems in the world. I am already looking forward to seeing what comes next.”
--Sandra Ballard, Editor of Appalachian Journal; Listen Here: Women Writing in Appalachia, Appalachian State University

“In Footfalls, her first full-length collection, poet Donna Isaac explores the Appalachian land, people, and music of her childhood. ‘Her hands/ are whirring birds,’ she writes of her Mamaw. ‘I am in love with this woman.’ The love is evident in the careful crafting of poems, and too in her sprinkling of old-time song lyrics within and between poems, providing a trail for the poet and her readers to follow to and from a home now gone.”
–Pauletta Hansel, Cincinnati Poet Laureate

“Footfalls--what a delight! Isaac’s open-hearted, open-minded attention to history, personal, cultural, political is moving and inspiring. She honors these memories by going for the details, visions of landscapes, ideal images. Beyond the remarkable stories she tells, is the way she tells them: a bounty of references to great songs that carry the meaning and feeling of this particular Southern history, and the beauty of her structures...we are moved, given access to joy, given clear paths to our feelings of sorrow. This collection will find many readers, and I am happy for every one of them!”
--Deborah Keenan, author of ten collections of poetry, her latest: so she had the world (Red Bird Chapbooks) and from tiger to prayer, a book of writing ideas (Broadcraft Press)


Book Launch Celebration for Donna Isaac and Footfalls
When: Wednesday, May 30, 2018 at 7:00 PM
Where: Blue Harbor Center for the Arts
             559 Humboldt Ave.
             St. Paul, MN 55107

A book launch celebration for Donna Isaac's ('07) first full collection of poetry, Footfalls, will include readings from poets and Hamline alums/friends Tammy Darrah-Wenberg and Sharon Chmielarz as well as music by auto harpist and dulcimer musician Karen Mueller. To purchase Footfalls, please bring cash or check: $20.00. Reception to follow. Open to the public!