Chris La Tray’s One-Sentence Journal: Short Poems and Essays from the World at Large has been published by Riverfeet Books. Chris’ essay, “Notes on the Sacred Art of Dog Walking”, which first appeared here at Empty Mirror, is included in the book, alongside poems and more essays.
Praise for One-Sentence Journal:
Chris La Tray’s One-Sentence Journal achieves the difficult task of creating a narrative out of snapshots. La Tray’s observations of the world around him not only take us into his world, but provide unique insights into our world. This book is proof of the power of language, even at its most spare.
— Russell Rowland, author of Fifty-Six Counties, High and Inside, In Open Spaces, and Arbuckle
An intimate journal of essays interspersed with seasonal American Haiku puts the reader in the center of a man’s introspection and study: nature and people — the stories of his landscape, reflections on family, dogs and work all told in a familiar voice, the voice of a friend, which you can hear clearly in your mind. Like I was riding in his truck looking at the river changing and remaining while he regales me with his language.
— Sheryl Noethe, Poet Laureate of Montana, 2011-2013; author of As Is, Grey Dog Big Sky, The Ghost Openings, and Poetry Everywhere
Reading Chris La Tray’s One-Sentence Journal I find myself wishing all kinds of things: that I went for more walks in the woods, that I spent more time in the company of owls, that I ate more fried chicken, that I woke each day in time to watch the sunrise. For this is a sunrise book, a book of revelations, of creekwalks and roadfood and ordinary sadnesses, ordinary joys—which are, in the end, the only kind. “I have a stake in this,” La Tray writes. And so do you. So do you.
— Joe Wilkins, author of The Mountain and the Fathers, When We Were Birds, and Notes from the Journey Westward
You can also learn more on Chris’ website.