Voice of Ice
If fairy tales and fables can be said to represent the dream life of our collective psyche, the poems in Alta Ifland’s Voice of Ice might be described as the chronicle of what a dream dreams, an account of a nightmare’s torment. Ifland’s brilliant collection of prose poems documents the quest for a coherent self, an authentic identity born out of the chaos of language and history. Her poems trace a radical process of de-creation—dismemberment of the body, dissolution of the ego, abandonment of the self—and the reinvention of a new identity, purified by the acid of tears. This new creation—tentative and rarified, “a child’s body of light”—earns a tenuous existence, but it proves to be enough to withstand the omnipresent threat of oblivion. —from Gary Young's introduction

In transplanting her painterly European sensibility into an American poetic context, Alta Ifland creates and redreams the hauntingly surreal emotional landscapes of dislocation, desolate distances, and Redonesque disjuncture from which she shapes these ever-shifting, mad-and-mythic excursions—in voices awed, childlike, sardonic, she startles and disturbs, charms and exalts. —Wanda Coleman

2008 Prix Louis Guillaume du Poème en Prose
2008 Louis Guillaume Prize for Prose Poems

Prose poems from Voice of Ice have appeared in the following publications:


Café Irreal

Prairie Schooner

Parthenon West Review

The Bathyspheric Review

Voice of Ice reviews:

Dust Jacket Review

The Agony Column Book Reviews and Commentary

Metro Santa Cruz

The Pedestal Magazine

Carpe Libris Reviews

Poetic Diversity


her circle ezine

The Chattahoochee Review

Words without Borders

Lemon Hound

Reclaim Tabula Rasa

For more information about Voice of Ice please visit the Les Figues Press web site.


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