Love Is A Map I Must Not Set On Fire

By Carol Guess
Carol Guess' third book of poetry surveys the aftermath
of a relationship and the geography of loss.
Humor ebbs in amidst this poet's observance
of the personal and the nation's upheaval.

Now available from VRZHU Press!



Amanda Laughtland
"Borderless and relentlessly topographical, this book maps the real and unreal Seattle as "the city of two women." Is it raining, or are these pixels on someone else's computer screen? Carol Guess must be writing from the top of Mount St. Helens; she sees it all and never averts her gaze."


Truong Tran
"A work of rare emotional intelligence. From its urgent beginning, "In the desolate place before forgiveness," her words are simultaneously embroidered with a needle, and chiseled with a hammer. It is in this duality of the crafted line that her poem finds its permanence in the world and in our consciousness.




Carol Guess is the author of three novels, Seeing Dell (1996), Switch (1998) and the forthcoming Homeschooling; as well as a memoir, Gaslight (2001).
This is her third book of poetry. Other books of poetry include Femme’s Dictionary (2004) and Tinderbox Lawn (2008).

She teaches at Western Washington University in Bellingham, Washington.

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