<p>In his book <i>Novices: A Study of Poetic Apprenticeship</i>, poet and translator Clayton Eshelman describes an apprentice poet's task as "holding his own log" up to the already-great flames of literature "and seeing that in essence his tiny fire may be of the same natur…

<p></p> <p></p> <p>There is a section of I-90 between Missoula and Spokane where the speed limit is too fast for the road. At the posted 70 mph, you careen along the elevated highway past the mining town of Kellogg. From the skid-marks to the denuded hillsides, …

<p>"Lake overturn" is a phenomenon that occurs when poison gas seeps into a lake until it suddenly releases a giant belch, killing everything that breathes in its wake. It is a scientific mystery and the driving metaphor of Vestal McIntyre's new novel of the same name. Set during the 1…

Boise State history professor Barton H. Barbour sets a rich trap line for us as we travel with Smith on his explorations of the West in the 1820s. Don't let the Charlie Russell painting on the cover deceive you: This is an honest portrayal of Smith, a man with a nearly tragic ambition to pro…

<p>Backcountry Roads, Idaho</p> <p><i>Lynna and Leland Howard</i></p> <p><i>(Caxton Press)</i></p> <p>On the map of Idaho, there are only a few major highways bisecting our strange, up-ended hatchet of a state. Travelling only…

<p>Jackalope Dreams</p> <p><i>Mary Clearman Blew</i></p> <p><i>(University of Nebraska Press)</i></p> <p>In a landscape peopled with train robbers, tourists, cowboys, conspiracy theorists, drug addicts and abused children, Mar…