BkMk Press Books

The Owl That Carries Us Away

Stories

by Doug Ramspeck

Price: $15.95, 184 pages

ISBN: 9781943491131, 2018

­Excellent reading for those who value meditative, beautiful storytelling. —Barbara Hoffert, Library Journal (starred review)

Ramspeck's debut collection abounds with flawed families, tense confirmations, and unlikely moments of grace...These precise and resonant stories chronicle humble lives and unspoken traumas, making for a subtle and moving reading experience. —Kirkus Reviews 

One is tempted, in describing Douglas Ramspeck’s new collection, to use the word ‘unflinching’—and indeed, these fictions tackle crises that might tempt many to avert their gaze: dead, missing, or decamped fathers, tragic accidents, romantic disappointment, childhood trauma, awkward aftermaths of all kinds. The problem is that ‘unflinching’ gives the viewer, or the writer, special credit for not looking away. But flinching is for those who have a choice, and the characters in these spare, close-to-the-bone stories do not. What Ramspeck succeeds in here is to show us, in poignant, lyrical, but never fussy prose, what everyday fortitude looks like, what it’s like to look hardship straight in its eye and keep pressing on. These are flawed, sympathetic, fully human characters, and this is a sad, dark, terrific book.
    —Michael Griffith, Trophy and Bibliophilia

See All books

    Sweet Herbaceous Miracle

    Poems

    By Berwyn Moore

    Coming in November Winner of the John Ciardi Prize for Poetry, selected by Enid Shomer   Sweet Herbaceous Miracle is absolutely gorgeous writing. Attentive language, rich, provocative scenes with painterly...

    All That Held Us

    Poems

    By Henrietta Goodman

      Featured on Poetry Daily and ...

Kansas City Literary Events

Maryfrances Wagner & Robert Stewart

Tuesday, August 21, 2018
Overland Park, Kan.

News

New Letters Summer 2018 Poetry Series

Follow our new series of poems about children, each day or two through July. Begin reading here. 

Shop

Clarion Awards Selection CD Special

Jamaica KincaidJim ShepardGloria Vando & Anika ParisLuis Alberto Urrea, and Alex George, normally $7.99 per episode, this cd collection comes with over $15.00 in savings. Downloads of these programs have been reduced and are available through our archives.