Deer Trails

Deer Trails
San Francisco Poet Laureate Series No. 7





Alta California
Sep 30, 2019

"Love song and lament in equal measure, Kim Shuck's collection Deer Trails is an intimate and evocative portrait of San Francisco, a city in frenetic flux. A member of the Cherokee Nation, a native of San Francisco, and the city's seventh poet laureate, Shuck crafts poems haunted by loss and dispossession yet imbued with hope. The acts of attention and observation in this sequence peel back the surface of the city, laying bare its uneasy present and its unsettled past. Shuck, an accomplished beadwork artist and weaver, is also a master of poetic form; the imagery in her stacked, enjambed, and interwoven lines is deft, dramatic, and always finely wrought. Like 'little blue butterflies,' these poems have 'thumbnail wings.' Their flight reminds us that what is sacred in San Francisco cannot be possessed."––Heidi Van Horn


"City of Asylum hosts poets laureate from across the country"
Sep 3, 2019

Coverage of Kim Shuck's reading in Pittsburgh at City of Asylum with other poets laureate from around the country.

- Maggie Young

"San Francisco poet laureate wants to write a better narrative for her city"
Aug 1, 2019

Profile of Kim Shuck in El Tecolote.

- Casey Ticsay

Kim Shuck honored by the Academy of American Poets
Apr 25, 2019

Kim Shuck is one of 13 recipients of the Academy of American Poets inaugural Poets Laureate Fellowships.