Pick a Garnet to Sleep in: Poems

by Kim Shuck

"Kim Shuck's poetry restores the protagonism of true history and true champions in a world gone plastic and individual. Yet still, it is with the various speeds of kindness, her imagination makes us whole. The sacred that rumbles against all odds. Lighting all rooms with the truth that hegemony is famine. Watch her make the world new."
—Tongo Eisen-Martin, 8th Poet Laureate of San Francisco

"Kim Shuck is an original in what Walter Benjamin called the 'Age of Mechanical Reproduction.' No memes occur in her new book of poetry, but look for fresh outlooks, like 'On Thursday I wear / Sapphires and lithium.' This (federally enrolled) Cherokee and Polish-American person transcends expectations and enters mythic zones as she creates her own poetics. I read Shuck for inspiration to be my best self and to write better. Please join me."
—Denise Low, Kansas Poet Laureate 2007-09, House of Grace, House of Blood (University of Arizona Press, 2024)

"The poems of Kim Shuck are vital. They are tenacious, exquisite, concise, unbounded, truthful, and bold as the last drops of ale, as our inevitable reckoning with death."
—Stephen Meadows, Poet Laureate of El Dorado County

photo by Douglas A. Salin

Kim Shuck is the seventh poet laureate emerita of San Francisco. She is author of ten books of poems and prose. She is also editor, co-editor, or edit-curious for ten anthologies. Kim's various writing awards and fellowships range from a Inaugural National Laureate Fellowship and a Censorship Award from PEN Oakland to a second place in a radio screenplay contest in sixth grade.

Trade paperback, 116 pp.
Published March 2024
ISBN-13: 978-0-9791291-8-6

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