Acquainted with the Cold

Lexa Hillyer
ISBN: 978-1936511044
80 pages

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Restless and exhilarating, Lexa Hillyer's inaugural collection spins headlong into a rush of sound and image, revealing the possibilities hidden beneath a thin layer of ice or snow. Acquainted with the Cold, winner of the 2011 Melissa Lanitis Gregory Poetry Prize, begins with a seduction and ends with a call: Barred owl, I m ready./Convince me of eternity. Through her poems, Hillyer invites the reader to live more fully, to delve into the wild possibilities open to us all.



In Acquainted with the Cold we are introduced to an important new voice in poetry. Lexa Hillyer's poetic gifts and ambitions are fierce. Full of vivid imagery and memorable music, these poems surprise, move, and sing. I feel I have been waiting a long time to read this wonderful collection. 

~ Laura Kasischke, author of National Book Critics Circle Award-winner Space, in Cha

Charged with apt and astonishing metaphors, reckless intelligence, unnerving passion, and the waa waa / and the oooo waa of their own original music, these poems race towards you, unstoppable, and then, wonderfully, linger, persist like held fire, so you can walk about in them and marvel how Lexa Hillyer brings everything together in this remarkable debut collection. Truly, Acquainted with the Cold is a book of wonders.

~Theodore Deppe, author of Orpheus on the Red Line

The skyline has gone away, Lexa Hillyer writes. These are its bones.  The poems in Hillyer's debut collection Acquainted With the Cold explore a gorgeous and vanishing world, a world made of ice and rain and breath in the dark. With luminous language and an authoritative voice, these poems reveal that Lexa Hillyer is a new young poet to watch.

~Nicole Cooley, author of Kinereth Gensler Award-winner Milk Dress


About the Author:

Lexa Hillyer is the Founder and President of Publishing at Glasstown Entertainment, a creative development and production company located in New York and Los Angeles. She is also the author of Spindle Fire, Winter Glass, and Proof of Forever, all young adult novels published by HarperCollins, as well as the poetry collection Acquainted with the Cold from Bona Fide Books. Acquainted with the Cold was the 2012 gold prize winner of the Foreword Book of the Year Award for Poetry and received the Melissa Lanitis Gregory Poetry Prize. Her work has been featured in a variety of journals and collections including Best New Poets 2012, and she has received several honors for poetry. Lexa earned her BA in English from Vassar College and her MFA in Poetry from Stonecoast at the University of Southern Maine. She worked as an editor at both HarperCollins and Penguin, before founding Glasstown Entertainment along with New York Times Bestselling author Lauren Oliver. She lives in Brooklyn with her husband and daughter and their very skinny orange tree.