"Deeply evocative, startlingly felt, the poems in Journey with the Ferry Man wink like sequins turning in light; they endear with their hard-won wisdom, their feminist bedrock. One reads in the poems a citizenship in language, in the inventive and organizing force with which these poems handle their materials, their contemporary and mythological sources. In the title poem, Vale promises two poems as payment to the ferry man to cross the threshold river. We can be grateful for the fifteen poems in this exciting collection. Each has the ability to map us to the other side; each poem is a lyric instruction for how to row."
TYLER MEIER, Executive Director, University of Arizona Poetry Center
A unique perspective defines Whitney Vale's Journey with the Ferry Man and Other Poems. From the beginning where an ordinary clothes rack becomes "a fabric forest," these poems let us see the world differently. With wit, fresh images, and memorable phrasing, Vale gives us an oracular/ocular vision where "the wild comes forward."
REBECCA SEIFERLE, author of Wild Tongue and Tucson Poet Laureate