A Few Facts about: This
Old Riddle: Cormorants and Rain
Publisher – Greg Darms
Author – Bill Yake
Green Cove St. NW
John Day River Road Olympia
Oregon 97103 98502-3520
“…Riddle…” is Bill Yake’s first full-length book of poetry.
Focusing on critters, water, and landscapes - both wild and human - it collects
and sorts 30 years of poems that range in setting from northern Idaho
to Papua New Guinea.
It is preceded by three chapbooks: Confluence (Radiolarian Press), (Giving
Critters) Short Shrift (Radiolarian Press), and The Faces of Birds
(Scatter Creek Press).
Yake received Alligator
Juniper’s national poetry prize in 2003, and has been nominated for three
Pushcart Prizes. His poems have appeared in a number of anthologies including March Hares – Best Poems from Fine Madness; Under a Silver Sky
– An Anthology of Pacific
Northwest Poetry; Once Upon Ice, and
Other Frozen Poems; and Least
Loved Beasts of the Really Wild West: A Tribute.
His poems have also appeared in many environmental and literary magazines
including Wilderness Magazine, Willow Springs, Wild Earth, Longhouse, The Bear Deluxe, Puerto del
Sol, ISLE –
Interdisciplinary Studies in Literature and the Environment, The Pedestal, Open Spaces Quarterly, The Seattle
has given talks, and taught classes and workshops, on the interplay between
poetry and wild nature.
Bill lives along Green Creek Ravine just north of Olympia
with his wife Jeannette Barreca. He worked as a scientist with Washington
State’s environmental agency (the
Washington State Department of Ecology) for 23 years - studying and monitoring
toxic chemicals in water, fish, sediment and soil. Before this he fought forest
fires, manned lookouts in Glacier National
Park, and worked as an environmental consultant,
researcher and laborer. He was born and raised in Spokane,
Washington, and received degrees in
Zoology, Environmental Science and Environmental Engineering from Washington
Yake recently retired to focus on writing, backcountry
travel (Peru, Mexico,
and New Guinea)
and natural history. He is a long-time board member of the Olympia Poetry
Network – an organization that sponsors an array of poetry events including
readings, workshops, and arts events. This year he joined the board of the Washington
Butterfly Association, and in this capacity has located 7
species of butterflies previously unrecorded in the southern Olympic Mountains
of Grays Harbor County, Washington.
This Old Riddle:
Cormorants and Rain, Bill Yake.
A collection of poems chronicling three decades of inquiry into the mysteries
and phenomenal plain truths of land, language, and the lives of organisms and
systems. 83 pp. Paper. $12. #1887853219. Radiolarian Press, 92643 John Day River Road, Astoria, OR 97103.