Portland, OR— June 2, 2020 — Unsolicited Press announces immediate availability of Letters to Minnehaha Creek by Victoria Lin, an author based in Minneapolis. Letters to Minnehaha Creek is a poetry collection that travels through the passing seasons. In many of the poems, the narrator addresses Minnehaha Creek directly, reminiscing about her deceased friend, Dorothy, as she walks the same neighborhood routes they once traveled together.
The tone of the poems reflects the seasons. ‘Fall’ takes place in the aftermath of Dorothy’s death and explores the narrator’s longing for her friend. ‘Winter’ highlights the narrator’s sadness and acceptance that Dorothy is truly gone. ‘Spring’ follows, with a lighter tone as the narrator embraces life after the loss of her friend. ‘Summer’ offers a sense of renewal, with poems that are letters written from the creek, rather than to it.
The setting and symbolism portrayed in Letters to Minnehaha Creek complement the writingstyle. For example, the speaker says, “A pair of mallards swim by / as I find my way up the stairs. // A female cardinal / in scalloped flight moves // across the sky alone, surprised / at times her partner is gone.” These vivid images of scenery surrounding the narrator also reflect the speaker’s emotional state. The symbolism of the pair of mallards and the female cardinal flying alone contrasts the speaker’s loneliness with the companionship she once had.
Letters to Minnehaha Creek resonates with readers who have lost someone or lived with a loved one suffering from illness as it illustrates a vivid path towards healing and rebirth.
Victoria Lin lives and writes in Minneapolis, Minnesota, and performs and teaches across the US. Her poems have appeared in literary journals such as Poetry Quarterly, Paper Nautilus, and Apeiron Review. She holds an M.A. in English literature from the University of St. Thomas and an M.F.A. in creative writing from Hamline University. Victoria is currently working toward a doctorate in counseling psychology at the University of St. Thomas, with plans to research and practice poetry therapy. Find her on Instagram @victoria_lin_poetry and Twitter @victorialinph. Find her at https://www.victorialin.org.
LETTERS TO MINNEHAHA CREEK (978-1-950730-43-8) is available as a paperback and ebook, and can be purchased from all major retailers. Ingram Book Group distributes the title to the market.
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