Winter 2010

Issue 6

Enjoy the online version of Gailmarie Pahmeier’s Shake It and It Snow, winner of the 2009 Coal Hill Review Chapbook Prize. 

In the popular imagination, the American West has always been a place that holds the promise of new beginnings. Gailmarie Pahmeier’s poems reveal the dark side of this mythology–the seedy bars, the ruined dirty trailer parks, the desolate highways that allow us to escape from our lives without changing them. Out of this unlikely material, Pahmeier creates characters whose songs and stories are heart-breakingly transcendent.