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Field Work: Modern Poems from Eastern Forests

edited by Erik Reece

Availablecloth$19.95s 978-0-8131-2497-1
152 pages  Pubdate: 04/18/2008  5.5 x 7.5 x .63  

After spending a year researching and describing the devastation of mountaintop removal in his bestselling book, Lost Mountain, Erik Reece wanted to contribute something beautiful to the world. Field Work: Modern Poems from Eastern Forests is an anthology of poems about the landscape and ecology of the eastern United States. Field Work brings together a host of nationally recognized modern American poets, plus four classical Chinese poets, who wandered and wrote about an area of southeastern China that is remarkably similar in landscape and ecology to the eastern woodlands of the United States.

Erik Reece teaches writing at the University of Kentucky. His work has appeared in Harper’s, Orion, and The Oxford American, among other publications. He is the recipient of the Sierra Club’s David R. Brower Award and Columbia University’s 2005 John B. Oakes Award for Distinguished Environmental Journalism. His collection of poems, A Short History of the Present, is forthcoming.

"What a stirring and illuminating book! These are poems I'd like to take with me on a ridge-line walk, to read aloud to companions, and to memorize by the fireside." —John Elder, author of Imagining the Earth: Poetry and the Vision of Nature and coeditor of The Norton Book of Nature Writing

"Many thanks to Erik Reece for pulling us back from the brink of worry, if only for a time, into the immutable beauty of the world. I am glad to be back, to rest awhile. Reece's carefully chosen poems return us to our primal relationship with wonder." --Janisse Ray, author of Ecology of a Cracker Childhood

"This mountainous range of nature poems proves without a doubt why the planet is worth saving from human onslaught.And that nature can inspire the heightened consciousness in these poems is reason enough to think the human race might be worth saving, too."--Bobbie Ann Mason

Compelled by the conviction that we all need more poetry in our lives—the poetry of words and the poetry of sunsets—Erik Reece has created a handy assemblage to facilitate such an outcome.His aim is not only to have us read this trusty book, but to foster in each of us a greater attentiveness to the world around us, with all its attendant sorrows and beautiful possibilities.--Jennifer SahnEditor, Orion magazine

"Many books claim to take you places. This one does." --Modern Mountain Magazine

"This is an excellent collection of poems about the natural world. This slim volume with its fine selections is an ideal model for what great anthologies should do: preserve timeless poetry and keep the reader enthralled." --Bloomsbury Review

“When traveling light, choose Field Work, a small book of poetry edited by Erik Reece. Wasted moments of waiting or loneliness are erased and you are uplifted to an out-of-doors church.” -- Mary Popham -- The Courier-Journal