Memories. I have eight decades of them:
The smell of gun smoke and blood. A whitetail slung over the back of my horse.
Way up north. A town maps didn’t care about. Wealth measured in firewood and moose meat. Everyone rich. Every-one poor.
A beautiful bride with a constellation of blond hair. Skin like river water.
The prose & subject matter in Whip And Spur is astonishing, starkly rendered, tough yet sensitive, with a great balance of broad strokes and fine chiseling. There are smart contrasts throughout, in narrative and in syntax.
- Trinie Dalton, judge of the 2013 Fiction Chapbook Competition
Iver Arnegard’s fiction, nonfiction, and poetry has appeared in the North American Review, the Missouri Review, Gulf Coast, Cimarron Review, Pilgrimage, Barrow Street, and elsewhere. He’s worked as a farmer and ranch hand, wilderness guide, waiter, dishwasher, construction worker, and woodcutter. For years he lived in remote cabins across Alaska. He currently teaches creative writing at Colorado State University-Pueblo.
The cover image of Whip and Spur is an original watercolor painting created for the chapbook by artist Axel Wilhite, who worked in collaboration with the Gold Line Press editorial team and Iver Arnegard to develop this highly personal reflection of the chapbook.
Excerpt in The Missouri Review
Interview in Heavy Feather Review
Review in Prick of the Spindle