Bad River Road, Debra Nystrom
Nystrom's third collection reanimates a lost way of American life: of the family farm, of rural scarcity, of whites and Native Americans in uneasy proximity. A narrative unfolds, revealing a dying mother, an erratic father, and an alcoholic brother.
Nystrom grew up in South Dakota, where she returns each year to family land on the Cheyenne River Sioux Reservation. She has published two previous books of poetry, Torn Sky and A Quarter Turn. Her current work has appeared in Ploughshares, Slate, Agni, Five Points, The Virginia Quarterly Review, and TriQuarterly. She teaches at the University of Virginia.