Counterglow's title is an astronomical term that comes from the German phrase 'gegenschein,' a faint brightening of the night sky in the region of the anti-solar point caused by interplanetary dust. A gegenschein is difficult to detect unless one observes from a place devoid of light, and you'll find that the poems in Counterglow do something very similar, engaging themes of spiritual and literal hunger, grief, and ecological trauma in an effort to detect a language of redemption— some kind of brightness to cling to, however faint.
UFP is a great press with strong regional roots in the Detroit/Ontario area. Although I am originally from the Bay Area, California, living and working in the Upper Peninsula has brought me close to the land in a way I've always longed for. Whenever I travel, I swear I can hear the sound of Lake Superior's waves lapping at the shores of my dreams. I don't even care if that sounds dramatic or ridiculous, because it's true.
I'm grateful to all of my great poet-mentors and teachers throughout the years, who have helped me develop my voice and/or helped to see Counterglow come into the world: Joe Wenderoth, Inés Hernandez-Avila, Sandra McPherson, and Quinton Duval (R.I.P.).