Dixie Partridge’s first book, Deer in the Haystacks, is amazingly unified in theme and style. She writes of her past without lapsing into nostalgia; her sense of time is less literal and more experiential, and the past and present often fuse into one. Although she does not write solely of death and the cold of Wyoming, these subjects are rarely far away. These poems display a strong sense of craft and of Partridge’s understanding that what is left unsaid is often as important as that which is said.
Partridge, Dixie, "Deer in the Haystack" (1984). Ahsahta Press. 42.