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Originally published Tuesday, January 21, 2014 at 3:03 AM

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Pastoral poems and prayers at nightfall

New books by Northwest authors: poetry by William Matchett, a book about Compline at St. Mark’s Cathedral, a yoga mystery and a new historical romance by Elizabeth Boyle.

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New releases

“Airplants: Selected Poems” by William Matchett (Antrim House, $20). A collection of the poetry of Matchett, an emeritus professor at the University of Washington. Endorsed by Richard Wilbur and W.S. Merwin, who said that Matchett’s poetry, written in the tradition of Wordsworth and Frost, “is written in a quiet tone, in a pastoral mode, and it takes its strength and its merit from a closeness and fondness of his observations of the ... world around him.”

“Prayer as Night Falls” by Kenneth V. Peterson (Paraclete Press, $19.99). Peterson provides a look into the ancient prayer of Compline, the last of the daily cycle of fixed-hour prayers. Every Sunday night, the all-male Compline Choir leads this formal choral service at St. Mark’s Episcopal Cathedral. The author has sung with the choir for decades.

“Murder Strikes a Pose” by Tracy Weber (Midnight Ink, $14.99). Weber, founder of Whole Life Yoga in Seattle, spins a mystery tale that involves a homeless alcoholic, his horse-sized dog and a killer.

“If Wishes Were Earls” by Elizabeth Boyle (Avon Books, $5.99). Veteran Seattle writer Boyle offers a historical romance novel that blends mystery and danger in the 19th century, with a dashing hero and an equally strong heroine.

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