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 Acquainted with the Cold

978-1-936511-04-4 • 6 x 9 • $15 • Paperback


Winner of the 2012 Gold ForeWord Poetry Book of the Year Award

Restless and exhilarating, Lexa Hillyer’s inaugural collection spins headlong into a rush of sound and image, revealing possibilities usually hidden to us under a thin layer of ice or snow. A silky year-long song, Acquainted with the Cold begins with a seduction and ends with a call: “Barred owl, I’m ready./Convince me of eternity.” The winner of the 2011 Melissa Lanitis Gregory Poetry Prize invites the reader to live life more fully, to delve into the wild possibilities open to us all.


Praise for Acquainted with the Cold

“This haunting debut collection of lyric poems has a mind—and body—of winter, elusive as a ghost lover—or the self ghosted by its unfolding life. Hillyer mesmerizes with her introspection, intuition, daring, honesty, restraint, and fabulous imagery: ‘In the icy flux of darkness and hunger, sometimes it’s just beyond us to resist.’”

—April Ossmann, author of Anxious Music

"‘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


“Acquainted with the Cold is a collection in motion. In their darting quickness and truly dashing alertness, these poems are not domesticated inventions, but lush wild ones. The greatest gift of this book is that it makes me feel more alive as I read, like a crisp clear winter day. In a word, invigorating.”

—Jeanne Marie Beaumont, author of Burning of the Three Fires

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About the Author 

Lexa Hillyer received her BA in English from Vassar College and her MFA in Poetry from Stonecoast at the University of Southern Maine. She was the recipient of the Inaugural Poetry Prize from Tusculum Review and the First Prize in Poetry from Brick & Mortar Review, and was named one of the “Best New Poets of 2012” by Matthew Dickman. Hillyer worked as an editor at both Harper Collins and Penguin, and is co-founder of boutique literary incubator Paper Lantern Lit. She lives in Brooklyn with her husband and a very skinny orange tree. www.lexahillyer.com