Resurrection Bay


Resurrection Bay by
David Stallings

David Stallings’ Resurrection Bay is a deeply personal chapbook collection about a boy growing up with his mother and stepfather in the 1950s.  By  presenting  resonant  particulars  of  the  era  and  landscapes  through which  the ...

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Resurrection Bay by
David Stallings

David Stallings’ Resurrection Bay is a deeply personal chapbook collection about a boy growing up with his mother and stepfather in the 1950s.  By  presenting  resonant  particulars  of  the  era  and  landscapes  through which  the  speaker  moves,  Stallings  seamlessly  transports  readers through  time  and  space,  as  in  these  lines  from  the  poem  “Leaving Nashville, 1952”:  “I’m packed between suitcases and boxes / into the back seat of a Buick Dynaflow, the view // blocked, the air thick with Dick’s Camels / and my mother’s Herbert Tareytons.”  The poems of Resurrection  Bay  are  constructed  of  unadorned  language  spoken  with unflinching honesty, thus creating a profoundly moving and memorable experience. —Lana Hechtman Ayers, author of A New Red   
David Stallings' tender coming of age poems from Alaska are evocative, heartbreaking,  and  ultimately  uplifting.    Stallings  captures  the  chilly world of a difficult childhood and blesses it with a lifetime's perspective and  grace.    Resurrection  Bay  is  a  remarkable  suite  of  poems.  —Tim McNulty, author of In Blue Mountain Dusk 

Set into motion by a Buick Dynaflow with Tennessee and Alaska at the tips  of  memory’s  axle,  the  rich  American  odyssey  propelling  this graceful collection vividly resurrects a painful coming of age. In search of his past, in search of his very name, Stallings forges unlikely beauty from  stark  remains—the  rotting  trailer,  the  spawned-out  salmon.  He discovers refuge, redemption, repose, and “a deep pulse of longing / and  return,”  for  himself  and  for  us,  his  fortunate  readers.  —John 
Willson, Pushcart Prize winner and author of The Son We Had 

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781937347055
  • Publisher: Evening Street Press
  • Publication date: 4/1/2012
  • Pages: 38
  • Product dimensions: 7.50 (w) x 9.80 (h) x 0.20 (d)

Meet the Author

David Stallings is a poet, hiker, Zen student and father from Bainbridge Island, Washington. He was born in the South, raised in Alaska and Colorado before settling in the Pacific Northwest.

He was once married, has one child, a daughter, who has taught him much of value–and a grandson.   He completed a Ph.D. in social geography, which he taught in the Midwest and at the University of Washington, and has worked for many years to develop expanded markets for public transportation in the Puget Sound area.

He has also long written a poem almost every day, adopting William Stafford’s advice to “lower your standards” in order to do so. He has published poems in several national literary journals and two anthologies, and is occasionally fortunate enough to give a poetry reading. A portion of his writing involves an ongoing conversation with the 8th century Chinese hermit poet, Han-shan. A series of responses to one hundred of the old fellow’s surviving poems slowly nears completion.

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