ECKLEBURG BOOK CLUB | Empty Pockets by Dale Herd

empty pockets


Empty Pockets  by Dale Herd

From high school love notes to a drug runner’s day; from a boy’s first fistfight to the unexpected aftermath of a woman’s first experience of marijuana, Dale Herd’s stories travel the backroads, sending postcards of life as it is lived.



“A world takes place here with extraordinary economy: articulate, fragile, heartfelt.”—Robert Creeley

“Dale Herd’s writing has affected the way I look at the world, as well as opening me up to one more possibility of how to transform the world into words, and his books certainly deserve a place on the highest shelf.”—American Book Review


Publisher Information

February 2015

Coffee House Press

ISBN: 978-1-56689-377-0



empty pockets authorDale Herd is the author of three short story collections: Early Morning Wind (The Four Seasons Foundation, 1972), Diamonds (Mudra, 1976), and Wild Cherries (Tombouctou, 1980). He currently lives in California.

ECKLEBURG BOOK CLUB | Deep Zoo by Rikki Ducornet

Deep Zoo


Deep Zoo by Rikki Ducornet

Rikki Ducornet’s essays explore eros, violence, dreams, fairy tales, and art as alchemy—the Deep Zoo at the core of humanity. Her reading of the world, a gathering of alchemies where the unknown has become visible through the medium of art, be they Borges’s tigers and Cortazar’s lions, desire, mystery, or the grotesque.



“A novelist whose vocabulary sweats with a kind of lyrical heat.”—”The New York Times”

“Linguistically explosive . . . one of the most interesting American writers around.”—”The Nation”

“Rikki Ducornet is imagination’s emissary to this mundane world.”—Stephen Sparks, Green Apple Books on the Park


Publisher Information

January 2015
Coffee House Press
ISBN: 978-1-56689-376-3



deep zoo authorThe author of eight novels as well as collections of short stories, essays, and poems, Rikki Ducornet has been a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award, honored twice by the Lannan Foundation, and the recipient of an Academy Award in Literature. Widely published abroad, Ducornet is also a painter who exhibits internationally. She lives in Port Townsend, Washington.

ECKLEBURG BOOK CLUB | Streaming by Allison Adelle Hedge Coke




Streaming by Allison Adelle Hedge Coke

An award-winning poet turns to her indigenous background to consider loss, memory, and the fate of the planet.



From “Carcass”

Split skin stretched over marrowless cage,
encased dry tomb, like those strewn
through this loess reach, cradling past
ever present here, and now you come
walking riverside, bringing sensory thrill
into daylight much like this cervidae
culled morning each waking before
demise. We move this way, catching life
until death captures us, where we rot
into the same dust holding multitudes
before us, and welcoming those beyond.



From “Heroes”

just go where they’re made to
when everything else goes awry.

Eagle Tail in stilled time
the body lifting surface

where churning falls gave
walleye, trout, coolness
for multitudes, generations,

now quiver his resolute effort to
something larger than humanness.
Was it?

Or, was it the core of humanness?
Was it melody? Rhythmic water
moving serpentine as it had always
grasped? Carrying, then delivering
the boy back to surface.

In turn taking in
the child’s sister with brave stranger to
people the underneath where
we seldom belong.
Are they now nearer
the center we stepped from?

Nearer where we all lived,
yet gone? In this world we lose
the ones who give the most.

The fruit of toil, its mission.
More than we muster.

Each time the water
surges and crashes, I feel his words,
“I got him. Hold onto me. I won’t let go.”



“Allison Adelle Hedge Coke’s fierce new poetry collection, Streaming, takes her always brave and startling sonics into new narrative spaces. These poems are full of needful improvisation and piano runs. Hedge Coke makes music from tornados and glyphs, from cranes spiraling overhead, and from the grumbling stomachs of hungry children. She sings these stories because she has to and because we need her to. And when the speaker in “Sudden Where” says “maybe we’d find something magnificent, give it up to make somebody happy,” it is clear that in these urgent poems, and in this necessary book, we’ve found both the magnificent and the unforgettable.”—Adrian Matejka, author of The Big Smoke

Streaming, is an elegant collaboration between poetry and music.”—Hawaii Review

“Each poem has its own rhythm that meshes into that of the collection overall, a body greater than the sum of its parts, an organism alive with language.”—AskMen

“Her poems beg to be read aloud, a jumble of hard sounds that wind their way into an effortless melody. . . Streaming is truly an accomplishment.”—Summerset Review

“We should be grateful to Allison Hedge Coke for compiling, with her poetry, notes about a world that will be unfamiliar to a generation living one hundred years from now. By that time, the nature that she describes will have all but vanished. It’s as though the earth itself was dictating its biography to her.”—Ishmael Reed

“When a book of poems contains the pleasure and adventure of a fine soundtrack it should be loudly celebrated. There are many ways to listen to Allison Adelle Hedge Coke’s fine collection Streaming. The thing of it is, whether still on the page, or with an undercurrent of musicians and voice, the lyrics ring true. The poem always wins.”– Cornelius Eady, Miller Family Chair, The University of Missouri

“If the history of the Americas is a body of stories, Allison Adelle Hedge Coke’s Streaming is most definitely its life-blood. This glorious book journeys through the bittersweet relationships between personhood and nation, nationhood and nature, and nature and culture, bearing witness to each entity’s determined struggle, each entity’s hard-won triumph: “colonization,/ construction, that morning, this day,/ every beam in balance despite horror /in the world. Streaming’s elegant verse will “sing you home into yourself and back to reason.” — Rigoberto Gonzalez


Publisher Information

December 2014

ISBN: 978-1-56689-375-6




Hedge authorAllison Adelle Hedge Coke is an American Book Award-winning poet and the author of Dog Road Woman, Off-Season City Pipe, Blood Run, and Burn, as well as a memoir, Rock Ghost, Willow, Deer. She is the editor of the anthologies Sing: Poetry of the Indigenous Americas, Effigies and Effigies II and currently serves as a Distinguished Writer at the University of Hawaii, Manoa. Hedge Coke came of age working fields, factories, and waters and is currently at work on a film, Red Dust: the dirty thirties, chronicling mixed-blood and Native life.

Author photo credit Vaughan Hedge Coke