If Bees Are Few: A Hive of Bee Poems ed. by James Lenfestey (review)

If Bees Are Few: A Hive of Bee Poems ed. by James Lenfestey (review) ery O’Connor Award for Short Fiction for At-Risk, and the Prairie Schooner Book Prize in Fiction for Now We Will Be Happy. In a literary culture that privileges the novel, Gautier has emerged as a champion of the short story. She is, arguably, one of the more prolific American short-story writers of our moment, and The Loss of All Lost Things is an important and necessary book—a reminder of all the pain and beauty that exists at the margins of our lived experiences. James Lenfestey, editor. If Bees Are Few: A Hive of Bee Poems. University of Minnesota Press. review by jeremy caldwell If Bees Are Few is an anthology spanning 2,500 years ‘‘from Sappho to Sherman Alexie,’’ as its cover copy suggests. Edited by James Lenfestey, it is as eclectic in its selection as it is vast in its time frame. The book takes its title from Emily Dickinson, who was herself fascinated with bees, and comes as a poignant reminder that bee populations are dwindling, hives are collapsing, and the e√ects may be devastating if bees indeed become few. In the first poem, Sherman Alexie candidly lays out the dangerous consequence from the eyes of the http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Prairie Schooner University of Nebraska Press

If Bees Are Few: A Hive of Bee Poems ed. by James Lenfestey (review)

Prairie Schooner, Volume 91 (2) – Aug 9, 2017

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ery O’Connor Award for Short Fiction for At-Risk, and the Prairie Schooner Book Prize in Fiction for Now We Will Be Happy. In a literary culture that privileges the novel, Gautier has emerged as a champion of the short story. She is, arguably, one of the more prolific American short-story writers of our moment, and The Loss of All Lost Things is an important and necessary book—a reminder of all the pain and beauty that exists at the margins of our lived experiences. James Lenfestey, editor. If Bees Are Few: A Hive of Bee Poems. University of Minnesota Press. review by jeremy caldwell If Bees Are Few is an anthology spanning 2,500 years ‘‘from Sappho to Sherman Alexie,’’ as its cover copy suggests. Edited by James Lenfestey, it is as eclectic in its selection as it is vast in its time frame. The book takes its title from Emily Dickinson, who was herself fascinated with bees, and comes as a poignant reminder that bee populations are dwindling, hives are collapsing, and the e√ects may be devastating if bees indeed become few. In the first poem, Sherman Alexie candidly lays out the dangerous consequence from the eyes of the

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