In Where The Time Goes Walden takes you on a road trip under skies flirting with transgression as she considers the yada, yada of romance, her mother’s beginning Alzheimer’s, the ghost of a dog digging up her bone. Things are ordinary until they aren’t—antique post office boxes are time travel machines, Jack-in-the-Box fast food machines talk back to people, and the end-of-the-world weather blows simulacrum through prairies and deserts.
Amy Hassinger’s analysis of Walden’s poem “Autobiography.”
“Gale Renee Walden and Nicole Cooley in Conversation,” Inside Higher Ed, June 7, 2017
“Walden’s lyricism is quirky, comic, yet strangely touching — the poignancy emerging when you least expect it.” — The Harvard Review
“Walden’s observations are true, a personal truth that will resonate with some readers and bring empathetic understanding to others. Her style is straightforward, choosing words precisely without the need to flaunt, and illustrative: every new story brought a small movie to life inside my mind.” — Rebecca Knaur, Review, Smile Politely
“Walden’s accessible, lyrical and touching poems are full of vivid imagery, with quirky and surprising turns of phrases and endings that make you go “ah.” She writes about ordinary things, making them extraordinary.” — Melissa Merli, The News-Gazette (Champaign, Illinois)
Praise for Gale Walden’s Same Blue Chevy . . .
“The intelligence and faithfulness to her vision that moves thought the poems make even flat landscape voluptuous with meaning.” — Susan Swartwout, American Book Review