Complete Mountain Almanac by Jessica Dessner, graduate '08, Creative Writing The New School
Ergo Press, 2020
Jessica Dessner accomplishes what we all want to do: transform our lives—the rough parts as well as the smooth—into genuine poetry. Mountain Almanac is an extremely good first book: ambitious, courageous, moving and original.
— Charles North
By scrupulously excavating the terrors of illness and death, these poems reveal a life determined to live with complete awe and wonder, revealing a poet’s tremendous scope of imagination, beauty, and rapture.
— Sufjan Stevens