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The Sadness of Whirlwinds

The Sadness of Whirlwinds

by Jim Peterson
The Sadness of Whirlwinds

The Sadness of Whirlwinds

by Jim Peterson


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The Sadness of Whirlwinds explores the world as we know it but tinged with magical possibilities that challenge our expectations. A small dog leads a man into the backyard of a blind woman who has drawn him forth from a forgotten past. A man becomes trapped between walls in his favorite restaurant. The author of a book of questions meets the author of a book that has the answers. An encounter with Mr. Death offers insights into Mrs. Birth. A woman unhappy with her life enters into an exploration of the world of whirlwinds. A man decides he must leave his dog lying beside him on the couch in order to enter the Inward City. A man travels to the remote and eccentric country of Fallada and meets the beautiful, bewildering woman known as Keeva. A woman must break through the boundaries of her comfortable grief in order to face an irascible man and unravel the mystery of her stolen dog. These and other explorations into the unknown make up the character of this new collection by Jim Peterson. Mysterious and challenging, these tales invite readers to their own inquiries into the nature of reality.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781636280097
Publisher: Red Hen Press
Publication date: 11/02/2021
Pages: 264
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x (d)

About the Author

Jim Peterson has published three poetry chapbooks and seven full-length collections of poetry, most recently The Horse Who Bears Me Away from Red Hen Press in 2020. His collection, The Owning Stone, won Red Hen’s Benjamin Saltman Poetry Award in 1999. His poems have been published in more than eighty journals, including Georgia Review, Poetry, Shenandoah, Poetry Northwest, Prairie Schooner, and South Dakota Review. His novel, Paper Crown, was published by Red Hen in 2005 and is now available on Audible. His stories have appeared in such journals as Los Angeles Review, South Dakota Review, and Laurel Review. Several of his plays have won regional awards and have been produced in college and regional theaters; The Shadow Adjuster was published by Palmetto Play Service in 1997. Peterson was Coordinator of Creative Writing and Writer in Residence for many years at Randolph College in Virginia. He is currently on the faculty at the Universityof Nebraska Omaha’s Low-Res MFA Program in Creative Writing. He lives with his charismatic corgi, Mama Kilya, in Lynchburg, Virginia.

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