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Winner of the 2017 Perugia Press Prize
Starshine Road
by  L.I. Henley
In L.I. Henley’s Starshine Road, a collection set in the isolated, shifting Mojave Desert terrain of Joshua Tree, California, we are witness to the underside of a rural life near the world’s largest Marine Corps base juxtaposed with hundreds of miles of national park. Traversing a land that could not be more real, but which often feels like dreamscape, these poems explore the dangers and treasures of one’s birthplace: a dog and his homeless master, an infamous Amboy creosote, a junk pile, flawed cops, grieving mothers, and their wild, muscled, unpredictable boys. The junkyard appearing in several poems becomes a microcosm for the poet’s world – glittering, mysterious, and scrappy, something to be drawn to despite its raggedness. Part spirit quest, part inventory of what is loved and irrevocably lost to the elements, Henley evokes the exacting gaze of the desert in this stellar collection.
           L.I. Henley was born and raised in Joshua Tree, California. 
            Starshine Road is her second full-length collection. 

           Starshine Road will be released in September 2017. To order
            this book or any other Perugia Press title, please visit our Web site.

Pamela Hart, Over Nangarhar
Elizabeth Jacobson, Not into the Blossoms and Not into the Air
Hannah Baggott, Body Fires; Kimberly A. Collins, Bessie’s Resurrection;
Laura Donnelly, Garden Vernacular; Sierra Golden, Elegy for a Boat;
Sara Grossman, Let the House of Body Fall; Carol Hobbs, The World’s Last Polar Bear; Michelle Lewis, Animul/Flame; Kimberly Kruge,
In-MigrationMia Ayumi Malhotra, When I See You Again, It Will Be With a Different Face; Wendy Miles, Reliquary; Elizabeth Lindsey Rogers, The Tilt Torn Away from the Seasons; Lisa Rosenberg, A Different Physics; Chelsea Wagenaar, The Spinning Place. 

 Perugia Press Prize: A prize of $1000 and publication by Perugia Press
  is given annually for a first or second unpublished poetry collection
by a woman. The next deadline is November 15, 2017.

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