Some Electric Hum

Sailing West

by Janice Northerns

It’s not often you see a whole life that’s gone into a book, but here we have just that. Janice Northerns lives this life intensely and lives intensely in language. At the core of this book are the raw elements of birth, love, and death; while surrounding them are sophisticated yet impassioned readings of the violence of history, class, and social codes. These are poems to be read both largely and closely, for the stories they tell and for their turns of poetic craft. You don’t just read this book, you enter it.

—William Wenthe, author of Words Before Dawn

Order from any bookstore, local or online. This title is also available from Fleur Fine Books of Galveston, Texas. 

About the Author

Carol Coffee Reposa

Janice Northern’s poems have appeared or are forthcoming in many journals, including PloughsharesThe Laurel ReviewdescantThe Chariton Review, and Southwestern American Literature. Awards include a Brush Creek Foundation for the Arts residency, a Sewanee Writers’ Conference scholarship, second place in Southwest Review’s 2017 Marr Poetry Contest, and the Robert S. Newton Creative Writing Award from Texas Tech University. Northerns grew up on a farm in rural West Texas and holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Texas Tech University. After teaching for many years at the college and high school levels, she retired last year and now enjoys writing full time.