The poems in this collection, Rare Earth, reveal a person in crisis, grappling with faith, identity, sexuality, mortality, and self-worth. Bradford Tice reveals how family can heal and harm, sometimes in the same gesture.
“These poems are illuminated by discoveries–of the natural world, the mineral world, the psychic world–the worlds of identity inside us all, haunted as we are by devils who ask us to take another look at all we hold sacred. With these poems, Tice has learned to see these worlds clearly and sometimes painfully, and to ask the toughest of questions about them. a brilliant, vivid first book.”
–Arthur Smith, author of The Fortunate Era