Like the colonial-era document and the small New England city from which it draws its title, The Holyoke Diaries is a microcosm haunted by the past and driven by dreams and desires. It bristles with the innocent cruelty of childhood, the self-conscious sexuality of adolescence, and the responsibility of adulthood and parenthood. These are poems that explore the ways men and women give meaning to the places they inhabit: the evasions, hallucinations and appreciations, the building up and tearing down, combining elements both lyrical and narrative, using the power of language so that readers might experience times and places and struggles for meaning that might otherwise be lost in the swirl of history.
Gerald Yelle hails from Holyoke. He received his MFA from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst where he lives with his wife and sons. He teaches high school English in Greenfield, MA. His poems have appeared in numerous journals in print and online. The Holyoke Diaries is his first published collection. A second collection, Mark My Word and the New World Order, is forthcoming from the Pedestrian Press. Yelle is a member of the Florence (MA) Poets Society. Notes, comments, and links can be found at geraldyelle.blogspot.com.
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