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Far Enough: A Western in Fragments


Far Enough: A Western in Fragments



Far Enough: A Western in Fragments is a collection of prose poems or “fragments” that paint a picture of life in Big Sky country.



Publication Date



Black Lawrence Press




Creative Writing | Fiction | Poetry


Description, cover image, and reviews courtesy of Black Lawrence Press.

Subject Areas

American poetry -- 21st century

Author/Editor Bio

Joe Wilkins is Associate Professor of English at Linfield College. He holds an M.F.A. in Creative Writing from the University of Idaho and a B.S. in Computer Engineering from Gonzaga University.


"Equal parts rocketing narrative and arresting imagery, Far Enough trains a grave attention on the longings and flaws of ranch people, and the injustices they inflict and suffer. In these fiercely-charged “fragments,” Joe Wilkins distills small-town, Big-Sky culture into a brilliant, austere, yet addictive liquor." - Anna Keesey, author of Little Century

"Joe Wilkins’ portrait of the modern American West is told via one-page dramatic tableaux that read like those suddenly captured moments in poetry, in language as simple and unadorned in its beauty as the Montana prairie. These men and women are laconic and unassuming in their wants, fears, desires, and Wilkins reveals them to us wholly, unsparingly, vividly. The vision here is clear-eyed and humane. If Chekhov were born in Billings instead of Taganrog, he might very well have written about people like this, just as Wilkins has." - Daniel Orozco, author of Orientation: And Other Stories

"When I’m asked what an ideal story for our magazine would be, I think but don’t say: like a Joe Wilkins story. Far Enough is tight, chiseled and beautiful, full of language so physical it seems like landscape itself. You can feel the West in these words. But you can feel the people too, their stories equal to the place. I love Joe Wilkins’s stories. I always have." - David Gessner, Editor-in-Chief at Ecotone

Far Enough: A Western in Fragments