The Window Facing Winter
A Green Rose Selection
“In The Window Facing Winter, the urgency of the beautiful and sometimes murderous urban landscape, set alongside the seductive, intricate oasis of the Japanese garden, renders possible a vision into ‘a sliver of the absolute.’ With unflinching accuracy, LaFemina delivers a sacred, if momentary, world, laying bare its essential loneliness, its obstinate beauty.”
“Gerry LaFemina in The Window Facing Winter, an intense, intimate, and intelligent new collection of poems, is not afraid to touch and be touched by the extraordinary grit and grind of each new day and its aftermath. The startling moments of vision in these poems are as radiant, elegant, and precise as they are hard-edged—charting, as they do, the vast distances of the American landscape and the long and lonely road home. They are heartrending in their tenderness and dignity.”
Gerry LaFemina’s books include23 Below, Shattered Hours: Poems 1988-94, Zarathustra in Love, and Graffiti Heart, which received the 2001 Anthony Piccione Prize in Poetry from MAMMOTH Books. The Parakeets of Brooklyn, received the 2003 Bordighera Prize in Poetry, and was published in a bilingual English-Italian edition. LaFemina’s fiction, poetry, and essays have appeared inColorado Review, Nimrod,Quarterly West, Connecticut Review, and in the anthologyAmerican Poetry: the Next Generation. LaFemina is currently an assistant professor and director of the Frostburg Center for Creative Writing at Frostburg State University.