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Between Us


Margaret Hasse

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  • Paperback: 86 pages
  • Dimensions: 5.50" x 8.50"
  • ISBN: 978-1-935666-91-2
  • Publication Date: 2016-11-01
  • Nodin Press

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Between Us

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In Between Us Margaret Hasse brings her distinctively lyrical voice to bear on a range of experiences and states of being. She writes with precision and surprise about connections with both the natural world and with people.

The events Hasse writes about are often familiar—riding a bike, knitting a scarf, downsizing possessions—but they're transformed by her sensitivity to the tender interior, the nuance of emotion, the overlooked but essential detail. Hasse also explores life’s difficulties and damage—the loss of a long-time friendship, a student who cuts herself, a shocking kidnapping—in poems that carry a somber or anguished tone.

In poems about camping and hiking in the wilderness, we hear the song of invisible birds and the communal hum of insects. In "Near Easter," where deer appear with their “black-walnut eyes” to graze new grass, Hasse concludes: “Today I believe everything."

Such expressions of unexpected joy are one of the hallmarks of the collection.

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“The poems in Between Us call out back and forth between the joys that fill our hearts and the griefs that empty them in the way that poetry has done since ancient times: sometimes in stunned bewilderment, sometimes with blazing assurance.” – Jim Moore, author of Underground: New and Selected Poems

“You have found the very book––it’s in your hands right now––that you will love for its wit and heart, and for the lyricism that is a hallmark of all of Margaret Hasse’s work. Her imagery is marvelous. The book brims over with wonder and affection for the world.”  – Connie Wanek, author of Rival Gardens: New and Selected Poems

“Margaret Hasse’s latest collection is a moving blend of eclogue and elegy, sweeping from the island of Patmos to a cemetery in South Dakota. Along the way, we are given sweet revelations about the familiar world; for example, one poem ends with these lines: “All night the river pours / its heart out over the rocks.” I’ll never again hear a river without thinking of that metaphor. Between Us—it’s a book you won’t want to miss.”  – Joyce Sutphen, author of Modern Love & Other Myths

Margaret Hasse

Margaret Hasse began writing poems as a child in South Dakota. She received degrees in English from Stanford University and the University of Minnesota. Her work has been published in many journals and anthologies. Garrison Kiellor’s “The Writer’s Almanac” (American Public Media) has featured a number of her poems, and Truant was part of Ted Kooser’s “American Life in Poetry” newspaper project (Poetry Foundation of America).

Among Hasse's five collections of poetry two have been selected as finalists for the Minnesota Book Award and one received the annual poetry prize from the Midwest Independent Publishing Association. She’s been awarded fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, Minnesota State Arts Board, Jerome Foundation, and The McKnight Foundation. She lives in Saint Paul where she leads poetry workshops and works as a consultant with arts organizations.

Margaret and her husband, David Grothe, have two grown sons, Michael and Alex Grothe.

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