Cold Blessings is at once lyrical and meditative, mournful and celebratory. The book is both timely and relevant even as it honors the poetics of the past. Readers will hear echoes of Whitman and Rilke, Roethke and Wright, and yet at no time will they ever doubt that Werner’s voice is wholly his own.
Maximilian Werner is the author of five books, including the novel Crooked Creek, the memoir Gravity Hill, and the essay collection The Bone Pile: Essays on Nature and Culture. He lives in Mill Creek, Utah.