Torn Sky, Debra Nystrom
The landscape of Torn Sky is South Dakota, a place of extremes where parched land meets frigid air, where exiled Native Americans still struggle to live in peace alongside ranchers. Nystom's poems weave together the voices of her childhood with ghosts of the last two tumultuous centuries and articulate with such subtle and unsentimental grace that each side is understood.
Nystrom grew up in South Dakota, where she returns each year to family land on the Cheyenne River Sioux Reservation. She has published two other books of poetry, Bad River Road 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.