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In Holly J. Hughes’s second full-length collection, Hold Fast, she turns her attention to challenging times both personally and politically, asking in an epigraph: “What will we cling to in the confusion of the tides? What structures of connection will hold us in place?” In poems both moving and compassionate, she excavates past memories while witnessing the present moment, turning to the places, communities, writers and family who sustained her—and celebrating the “ten thousand sorrows and ten thousand joys” that she invites us all to hold fast.
Holly J. Hughes is the author of Hold Fast, Passings, and Sailing by Ravens, co-author of The Pen and The Bell: Mindful Writing in a Busy World, and editor of the anthology, Beyond Forgetting: Poetry and Prose about Alzheimer’s Disease. Her chapbook Passings received an American Book Award in 2017; four poems were set to music by composer Edie Hill in a choral piece titled “Spectral Spirits.” After teaching writing at the college level for several decades, she now lives on the Olympic peninsula, where she leads writing and mindfulness workshops in Alaska and the Northwest and consults as a writing coach.
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