Seldom Seen Road
Seldom Seen Road is a collection of sharply observed and understated poems about the land and its people, specifically those who have made it grow. Bare bones, full of wit, insight, and fine imagery, they make up a book carefully constructed around a striking vision of the Prairies and its slowly disappearing history. Butler illuminates an oft-hidden world of strong women spanning two centuries, focusing the most powerful sequence of the book, “Lepidopterists”, on them. These poems find their place in a tradition of prairie poetry that owes much to the work of such poets as John Newlove, Robert Kroetsch, and others.
Jenna Butler brings a fresh set of eyes and a startling lyric language to these poems, a wonderful re-imagining of these prairies and of the people whose stories are part of our history. One of her narrators declares, “always/out here I know where I stand,” and Butler’s poems ring with the same conviction.
— Glen Sorestad
Seldom Seen Road dances readers to new ways of knowing: glimpses of the remarkable but often unremarked shadow sides of beauty and pain oscillate with grace and verve. Jenna Butler’s fine eye and ear are the best of companions.
— Barbara Langhorst