Raymond Carver writes with a kind of stark tenderness about the connectedness and universality within his characters' own seemingly idiosyncratic, human struggles. Plainly written and powerfully felt touches on truth and love.
William Stafford, sometimes referred to as a mystical poet, explores the nature of light and shadows -- forces that train the spirit. His words have a gentle power and deep insight that suggest a kind of alchemy in language.
The Painted Drum is a rich and evocative story of one woman's challenge to reconcile relationships in and around her own heritage. Contemporary and mythical, this tale addresses tough realities, inviting spirit to rise to the occassion.