Robert Alexander

What the Raven Said

Lake Solstice

Today's the solstice: mountain ash along the shore lift their white flowerheads like candelabra. When I pass the mouth of Towes Creek, paddling steadily, an eagle flaps outward from the tallest spruce along the shoreline. As the eagle rounds the point ahead of me, a slight movement reveals a deer standing in the shallows. She looks upward for a moment as the eagle passes overhead, then slips back into the trees.

Copyright © 2006 by Robert Alexander

Selected Works

A chapbook of prose shorts.
"If there's such a thing as a Midwestern prose poem, Alexander surely invented it."—Peter Johnson
“A lucid and totally engrossing book of poems.” —Jim Harrison
"A fascinating tale of political intrigue, land speculation, and sectional haggling"--Jon Kukla
“Five Forks is a splendid and intriguing study. The prose is improbably lucid and lovely." —Jim Harrison
"There are so many gems in this anthology . . . that readers will want to have it close by, to randomly dip into its pages as they would a fine, and very large, box of chocolates."—Peter Johnson
“An important addition to the burgeoning exploration of brief prose and flash fiction . . . an abundance of rich, fragmented, carefully crafted moments.”—Tara L. Masih
"An essential addition to our library of American literature."—Lydia Davis
Includes voices from Europe, Asia, South America, and the United States.
"For North American prose poetry - the definitive anthology."—Peter Johnson