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Genius Loci

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Publisher Comments:

From a poet and essayist whose writing about nature has won her comparisons with Gary Snyder and Terry Tempest Williams comes a new collection that offers further evidence of her ability to trace the intersections of the human and nonhuman worlds. The title poem is a lyrical excavation of the city of Prague, where layers of history, culture and nature have accumulated to form “a genius loci”—a guardian spirit.

Review:

"Attentive, discursive, given to forests and canyons, Deming's poetry and prose about wild places, plants and animals has earned her a reputation among nature writers, especially in the American West: 'So much of the world is broken/ and I want to be part of its healing,' her third volume of verse explains. Starting with 'ground/ hallowed by scat and spit/ and pillage of wolf,' examining 'pearly eggs of apple snails/ beaded onto pickerelweed,' Deming (Science and Other Poems) writes at length about camping and hiking, trail beds and streams, then turns her attentions in part two from Arizona (where she lives and teaches) to New York, Hawaii and Provincetown. The volume's third part collects short poems about romantic longing and about public history; the more ambitious title sequence, with which Deming concludes, describes what she saw on a trip to the Czech Republic, from modern Prague through the legacy of the Holocaust to the 'swirly acres of yellow-headed sunflowers' along that nation's rural routes. Deming may pay too high a price for clarity, and she can repeat herself when she strays from her descriptive strengths, but this book should please admirers of Mary Oliver, along with any other readers who seek serious, sincere thought about the natural world." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

About the Author

Alison Hawthorne Deming is the author of two volumes of poetry and three nonfiction books. Her poems and essays have appeared in The Georgia Review, Sierra Magazine, and The Norton Book of Nature Writing. Her honors include two fellowships from the National Endowment of the Arts, a Pushcart Prize and the Gertrude B. Clayton Award from the Poetry Society of America. She is currently a professor of creative writing at the University of Arizona.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780143035206
Author:
Deming, Alison Hawth
Publisher:
Penguin Books
Author:
Deming, Alison
Subject:
American - General
Subject:
Single Author / American
Subject:
Poetry-A to Z
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Mass Market
Series:
Poets, Penguin
Publication Date:
20050531
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
from 12
Language:
English
Pages:
112
Dimensions:
8.96x6.10x.34 in. .35 lbs.
Age Level:
from 18

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Product details 112 pages Penguin Books - English 9780143035206 Reviews:
"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Attentive, discursive, given to forests and canyons, Deming's poetry and prose about wild places, plants and animals has earned her a reputation among nature writers, especially in the American West: 'So much of the world is broken/ and I want to be part of its healing,' her third volume of verse explains. Starting with 'ground/ hallowed by scat and spit/ and pillage of wolf,' examining 'pearly eggs of apple snails/ beaded onto pickerelweed,' Deming (Science and Other Poems) writes at length about camping and hiking, trail beds and streams, then turns her attentions in part two from Arizona (where she lives and teaches) to New York, Hawaii and Provincetown. The volume's third part collects short poems about romantic longing and about public history; the more ambitious title sequence, with which Deming concludes, describes what she saw on a trip to the Czech Republic, from modern Prague through the legacy of the Holocaust to the 'swirly acres of yellow-headed sunflowers' along that nation's rural routes. Deming may pay too high a price for clarity, and she can repeat herself when she strays from her descriptive strengths, but this book should please admirers of Mary Oliver, along with any other readers who seek serious, sincere thought about the natural world." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
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