“Something that melts can also burn,” writes Dean Rader in “Frost on Fire”:
Thicket of ice in the pond, the cold net
Of stars, even the hard white ax of the
Like all great literature, these snowy stories and poems invite us to open our hearts to complex and unexpected truths. And what better time to burrow deep than winter—a season of hibernation, regeneration, and beginning anew. We hope you’ll grab a mug of your favorite warm beverage and cozy up with these memorable winter reads.
Something that melts can also burn.
Snow in the air you’ve seen a crust on the ceiling wood
2019 National Book Award for Poetry
When I passed the frozen swamp a voice moaned out.
2021 Narrative Prize Winner
I was nine when it first snowed in New Orleans.
A skier’s mettle was measured by the length of his skis.
I watch the tiny fire at her mouth.
The snowy hill had been too much for the hearse.
2014 Narrative Prize Winner