Poet and translator Carlie Hoffman is the founder and editor-in-chief of Small Orange Journal. This Alaska (Four Way Books) is her first book. To live in an Alaska of the mind is to map a cartography of winter on all that is physical. To dwell perpetually in a symbolic cold and to emerge, with grace, unscathed. This Alaska probes all that emotional and physical intimacy cannot salvage or keep warm, and questions what it means to live and love in such a buried season. Death and dreams are its very center. But life – and all it entails and circles and loses and loves – is at its heart.