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Selected by Marie Howe from over one thousand submissions, Nine Acres is the winner of the American Poetry Review/APR Honickman First Book Prize. Taking their titles from chapters of a 1930s small-scale farming handbook, the fifty-two poems in this cycle create a handbook for living and explore sustainability on many levels—on the land, in the family, and in the spirit.

As Marie Howe writes in her introduction to the book, "Nathanial Perry has collected poems into this book as one plants a field, as an act of husbandry: each line a furrow where seeds flourish or fail. Husbandry—to create a dwelling place and to care for it—these are the ancient acts."

"Soil Surface Management"

I spent the afternoon breaking

ground. The tiller bucked and groaned

at the job, but with each pass I saw

a perfect blankness, like I'd been loaned

a second life in which to grow

a third. The sun sat on its porch

and smiled. I wondered if the dirt

would be enough, a kind of torch

to set inside our lives to say,

we'll grow our food like this, our plans

will look like this —like soil squared

and measured into beds by a man

sweating through his shirt with effort.

In dirt is one life we can choose

to make. I spent the afternoon

breaking what I knew we'd use.

Nathaniel Perry lives with his family in rural southside Virginia. He is the editor of the Hampden-Sydney Poetry Review and teaches at Hampden-Sydney College.

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Winner of the 2011 American Poetry Review/APR Honickman First Book Prize.

About the Author

Nathaniel Perry: Nathaniel Perry lives with his family in rural southside Virginia. He is the editor of the Hampden-Sydney Poetry Review and teaches at Hampden-Sydney College.

Marie Howe: Marie Howe was born in 1950 and received her MFA from Columbia University. Her debut volume, The Good Thief, was selected by Margaret Atwood as winner of the 1987 Open Competition of the National Poetry Series. Since then, she has published two more collections, What the Living Do and The Kingdom of the Ordinary.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780983300809
Author:
Perry, Nathaniel
Publisher:
American Poetry Review
Author:
Howe, Marie
Subject:
Single Author / American
Subject:
Poetry-A to Z
Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Series:
APR Honickman 1st Book Award
Publication Date:
20111031
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Pages:
96
Dimensions:
9 x 7 in

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