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Winter Inlet by Hastings Hensel

Poetry, 67 pages. 6.125" x 8.25" softcover, Smyth-sewn binding.
ISBN 978-0-87775-937-9. Published 15 October 2015.

Poetry, 67 pages. 6.25" x 8.50" hardcover, Smyth-sewn binding.
ISBN 978-0-87775-938-6. With dust jacket. Published 15 October 2015.

Poetry, 67 pages. 6.25" x 8.50" hardcover, Smyth-sewn binding.
ISBN 978-0-87775-938-6. Signed and lettered, with dust jacket. Published 15 October 2015.

Winner of the Unicorn Press First Book Award

“Hastings Hensel is one of the most accomplished young poets now writing in this country. His wordplay and soundplay are intricate, deft, ingenious, calling up models from Hopkins to Merrill. The frequency of titles in this book containing the word Arrangement hints at his remarkable formal gift; he demands, though, that poetry’s high-spirited games also expose the plainest, deepest feelings. And the seagoing settings of Winter Inlet highlight how much Hensel has learned from the ebb and flow of experience.” —Mary Jo Salter, co-editor of The Norton Anthology of Poetry

“I did not know that the Carolina coast needed its defining poet until I read Hasting Hensel’s Winter Inlet and realized it already has one—and one fully worthy of a place ‘where rare clusters / of starfish wash up again like old dreams.’ In these taut meditations, Hensel makes the coastal land and seascapes come vibrantly alive—a world where ‘all is tidal.’ Winter Inlet is as impressive a debut as I’ve read in years.” —Andrew Hudgins, author of A Clown at Midnight

“The poems in this moving book quietly come to terms with loss, meaning, and love. Yet, the complexities of personal life register as shadows in a far more specific world of water and trees and creatures. The outer world is, rightly, fluid and continuous. The poet’s task is to find the language and the rhythms of human contemplation necessary to embrace the gifts of that outer world. And this poet fully delivers the right language—drawing on the clicks and thuds and groans of the Anglo-Saxon roots of English. The language of this particular art is hard and hand-hewn, the actions of a body participating in the world. There is fine observation here, rich discovery, but the richness of the language makes all of that encounter visceral. And that living drama sets the stage for the reader to sense a presence, a presence that goes unnamed but is surely felt. It is a pleasure to have this book in the world, dare I say, it’s good for the tired old human soul.” —Maurice Manning, author of The Common Man

Hastings Hensel is the author of a previous chapbook, Control Burn, and the recipient of the 2014-2015 South Carolina Arts Commission Fellowship in Poetry. His poems have appeared in storySouth, The Greensboro Review, Cave Wall, 32 Poems, and elsewhere. He teaches at Coastal Carolina University, where he is the poetry editor of Waccamaw, and lives with his wife, Lee, in Murrells Inlet, South Carolina.