Red Dust Rising by Marilyn Johnston
One family’s struggle with the wounds of war which propels them on a journey back to the ground of Vietnam. Here is painful clarity, acute gentleness, deep sorrow and profound hope.
“Direct and narrative, this captures the true mercy in language.”
–Yusef Komunyakaa, Author of Pleasure Dome and Thieves of Paradise
“Marilyn Johnston has a finely honed ability to summon strong visual images through poetry. These are poems with a hard edge, but again and again the poet takes the reader to the compassionate center —and in doing so, elevates the pain of human existence to an almost spiritual homage to life.”
–Ellen Kort, Wisconsin’s Poet Laureate and author of The Art of Labor, Wisconsin Quilts: Stories in Stitches, and seven books of poetry.
“In simple, but powerful language, the poem "Vinh Moc" invites the reader to go beyond personal concerns into another life, another culture, and another time —the memory and consequences of which still trouble the world today.”
–Barbara Drake, Judge for the Spring 2003 Oregon State Poetry Association’s Free Verse Competition, and author of Peace at Heart and Small Favors
Red Dust Rising
by Marilyn Johnston,
Marilyn Johnston has gained national and regional recognition for her poetry. Her awards include: the 1999 Donna J. Stone National Literary Award, 2002 Robert Penn Warren Award by the New England Writers, and first place awards in the 2003 Oregon State Poetry Association’s spring and fall competitions. She received an Oregon State Literary Arts Fellowship for Poetry in 2001, and was selected as a Fishtrap Fellow. Marilyn’s writing has appeared in Calyx, Clackamas Literary Review, Manzanita: Literary Journal of the Motherlode and Sierra, Fireweed and Caffeine Destiny, among others, as well as several poetry anthologies. She lives, works and writes in Salem, Oregon.