Many thanks to Ann Cefola for her kind review of CMP in annogram.
"Poet Mary McCray’s astonishing second book, while reading like a novel, integrates highly crafted poetics. A gorgeous immersion into southwestern landscape, the Primer is as much a spiritual as external journey. Easterner Silas Cole finds camaraderie in the company of the mysterious Coyote, the quiet cook, and gambling cowboys who teach him to reel in his soul as well as the herd they drive. While Silas can “extract the holes of bullets” and “save them like buttons”, he ultimately learns "nothing but earth wants your bones.” This is a gritty and lyrical narrative I could not resist."
This year I was catching up on old New Yorker issues and I found this very funny wild west mashup, "Frontier Squad Goals."
Some funny samples:
Avoid feeling guilty for saying no to future social plans that would be difficult to attend because we will be living in a new place, for which we have no map.
Eat more unprocessed, clean food, with no mold, no obvious discoloration, and no parasites.