Friday Harbor Author Releases Chapbook

From Open Country Press

“Barefoot up the Mountain” by Tara Mesalik MacMahon, a resident of Friday Harbor, Washington is now available.

Mesalik MacMahon’s manuscript was chosen by Khaty Xiong, an award-winning and innovative poet.

Xiong says of the book, “Barefoot Up the Mountain is a book of songs anchored in family, war, loss and displacement. Every poem is scaled in tongues of land and language, where the reader is instructed to “[b]ring / the light for no reason / but to bring it.” In these pages, we are guided by sound and image — a knowing voice, a traveled voice. We are made tender by such turns “in the half-light of half-dark,” in places so brief they stretch us further into the fields as we dream up the mountain.”

To buy a copy, check your local bookstore, or order at

Posted on August 1, 2021 at 5:30 am by

Categories: Arts

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