Praise for Three Days with the Long Moon
~January 2017
The long moon that Adrian Koesters invokes in her powerful second collection pulls at every best-laid intention and barely-contained desire. The abiding theme here is control and the allure of losing it. Constrained by a variety of forms, speaking through characters who wear the nun’s habit or the invisibility of middle age, these poems voice an insatiable hunger for the forbidden, the unavailable, the irretrievable. Koesters’ lines are tense and alive, as intimate as love letters. Three Days with the Long Moon is a thrilling read.

—Kathleen Flenniken, author of Famous and Plume

In Adrian Koesters’ Three Days with the Long Moon, honesty and surprise arise out of fabulous linguistic richness. Friction between apparent opposites generates heat: religion and eros, relationships and their absence, the natural and the human. And throughout the collection, nuanced syntax, rich associations, and gorgeous sounds abound. This book is a serious pleasure to read.

—Greg Glazner, author of Singularity and From the Iron Chair

“What is this realm we cease to sing in?” Adrian Koesters asks in the poem, “Revisiting a Conclusion.” The refusal to settle for easy answers is at the heart of these complex and enigmatic poems. Revisiting and revising becomes a kind of spiritual quest — a journey of recovery and discovery that may not lead to the comforts of home, but at least to “an entry/where we begin to speak (and possibly sing) again.”

—Grace Bauer, author of Nowhere All At Once and The Women at the Well

Praise for Many Parishes

Koesters’ Many Parishes is an original. The poems seem to smack the hard-ass contemporary world up against a deep spiritual sense, until we see they’re one and the same.

— Fleda Brown, author of No Need of Sympathy

What a book! Here are elegant poems that chew on and rock to the problems of human existence “in a world where even right things/go wrong,” and here is God, present but silent as “the men who crawl the back gates calling for her . . . because she is small and they are not,/because they are exposed and need a hand.”

Hilda Raz, author of All Odd and Splendid

This forceful collection searches for the ‘secret an­swer/that settles the question/how anyone survives’….With intelligence, humor, and depth, these poems simmer the beans for “that soup of memory and sustenance/...good enough to feed the world.”

— Peggy Shumaker, author of Toucan Nest

Adrian Koester's second  collection of poems from BrickHouse Books



Adrian Koesters' debut
collection of poems
from BrickHouse Books


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