Synopses & Reviews
Jorie Graham's collection of poems, Never, primarily addresses concern over our environment in crisis. One of the most challenging poets writing today, Graham is no easy read, but the rewards are well worth the effort. While thematically present, her concern is not exclusively the demise of natural resources and depletion of species, but the philosophical and perceptual difficulty in capturing and depicting a physical world that may be lost, or one that we humans have limited sight of and into. As she notes in "The Taken-Down God": "We wish to not be erased from the / picture. We wish to picture the erasure. The human earth and its appearance. / The human and its disappearance."
With a style that is fragmented and somewhat whirling--language dips and darts and asides are taken--Graham stays on point and presents an honest intellect at work, fumbling for an accurate understanding (or description) of the natural world, self-conscious about the limitations of language and perception.
"[T]his book shows Graham to be a most formidable nature poet, finding in her speaker's environment perfect analogues for states of consciousness." Publishers Weekly
"Graham's poetry is among the most sensuously embodied and imaginative writing we have." New York Times Book Review
"Unifying the philosophical with the sensuous, documentation with prayer, Graham's inventive, gracefully longitudinal, lush yet demanding meditations on the nature of being are exquisitely piquant and affecting." Booklist
"Graham is one of the most important living poets, and her control of her craft is undisputed." Library Journal
About the Author
Jorie Graham is author of eight collections of poetry, including The Dream of the Unified Field: Selected Poems 1974-1994, which won the Pulitzer Prize. She lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts, and teaches at Harvard University.