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Nothing but the Blood
This collection is made up of poems that explore the evolution of belief, living in the body, daughter-mother and mother-daughter interactions, the celebration and failure of a longterm relationship, and the loss of friends and colleagues. Coming as they do at mid-life, the poems understand, appreciate, and often push back against the weight of both history and expectation.
Subjects: Poetry
Publication Date: September 1st, 2018
86 pages| 6 in x 9 in
Laura Apol is Associate Professor of Education at Michigan State University. Her poetry has appeared in numerous anthologies and literary journals, including a full-length collection, Falling into Grace. Her co-edited collection for young readers, Learning to Live in the World: Earth Poems by William Stafford, was the winner of a Hungry Mind Book of Distinction Award. Laura's book, Crossing the Ladder of Sun, won a 2004 Oklahoma Book Award.

Early Praise

“As a whole, Nothing but the Blood might be called a “coming of [middle] age” book—or perhaps a sort of recovery narrative. Will the second half of this woman’s life be different from the first? Will she be saved from ‘the splintered past’ and the ‘rage’ of the present.? We want to think she will, and the beautiful poems at the book’s close are reassuring.”
Joyce Sutphen, Minnesota state Poet Laureate


Book AwardLansing, Michigan, Poet Laureate
Book AwardIndependent Publisher Book Awards—Poetry, Silver
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