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Night is Simply a Shadow is Greta Wrolstad’s long-anticipated first full-length collection. From the expansive opening poem, “Notes on Sea and Shore,” to the final “Fontaine de Vaucluse,” Wrolstad navigates the metaphorical intersection of internal and external landscapes in writing that is lyrically rich, formally buoyant, and constantly inventive. Night is Simply a Shadow represents the work of a poet who promised to be a major talent of her generation.
Greta Wrolstad (1981–2005) was born and raised in Corvallis, Oregon. She died from injuries sustained in a car accident. Wrolstad graduated from the Robert D. Clark Honors College at the University of Oregon and attended the University of Montana’s Creative Writing Program, where she served as the poetry editor of CutBank. Among her honors are inclusion in Best New Poets 2007, a scholarship from Fence Books to attend the Summer Literary Seminars in St. Petersburg, Russia, and a 2008 Pushcart Prize for “Flickers of Light Become the Movement of Thousands.” Her poems have appeared in The Canary, Black Warrior Review, A Public Space, Octopus Magazine, and CutBank. In her honor, the University of Montana offers the Greta Wrolstad Travel Award, and the Summer Literary Seminars offers the Greta Wrolstad Scholarship for Young Poets, an annual award given to a female poet under the age of thirty to attend the Summer Literary Seminars in St. Petersburg. In 2010 Tavern Books published her collection Notes on Sea & Shore.
"Wrolstad’s work has, at its core, an elemental need: to locate what is human within otherworldly and inhuman landscapes. A deep, radiant light carries towards us when we least expect it. Below every surface is a weightless interior, a sometimes-terrible liquid suspension, and her gift is to be able to picture, again and again, how we branch and connect—how we might emerge whole.
— Joanna Klink, in praise of Notes on Sea & Shore