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“Jamie Parsley’s new poems tread the path of grief within the liturgical map of holy days, feasts, and spiritual acts. These poems offer a voice ‘forever altered’ by loss, a keening we sense in each moment depicted until we understand ‘We are what we hold / and let go.’ Through a careful, even subdued study of a year beyond the death of a loved one, we begin to understand ‘perfect mourning’ that is both curse and grace as Parsley’s fine poem ‘These Men’ shows us.” ~Heid Erdrich, author of Cell Traffic: New and Selected Poems

Jamie Parsley of Fargo, ND JAMIE PARSLEY is a poet and an Episcopal priest. He is the author of eleven books of poems, Paper Doves, Falling and Other Poems (1992), The Loneliness of Blizzards (1995), Cloud: a poem in 2 acts (1997), The Wounded Table (1999), earth into earth, water into water (2000), no stars, no moon (2004), Ikon (2005), Just Once (2007), This Grass (2009) Fargo, 1957 (2010) and Crow (2012). He received his MFA from Vermont College and a Master’s Degree from Nashotah House Seminary. He serves as Priest in Charge of St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church in Fargo. In 2004, he was designated Associate Poet Laureate of North Dakota. His website is

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