LIVING ON THE FLOOD PLAIN

LIVING ON THE FLOOD PLAIN
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"In this carefully structured collection, James A. Zoller presents several tightly woven sequences of interlocking poems. Many of these pieces are attuned to the turning of seasons--the river's rise and fall, freeze and thaw. Such closely observed depictions of nature reflect the poet's spiritual sensibilities in a way that seems reminiscent of Thoreau. While often introspective, they move seamlessly between the personal and the universal: reading the landscape for traces of the past, what could be simply erased if the river should rise, reckoning what is at stake with the loss of a parent, spouse, or child. "The landscape he finds harbors memories that remind us of our deepest bonds to one another--'remind us just who we are'--and the emotions that ultimately mean most. We reenter our lives at moments overwhelmed by what we have learned to recognize as mercy: 'how/ God so casually and deliberately, with such prodigious and exacting care,/ graces the homely, the feeble, the disrepaired.' These meditations on landscape and loss ultimately offer a form of redemption as 'All become[s] testimony . . . [to] our letting go.'" --Christian Knoeller, winner of the 2007 Midwestern Heritage Prize and author of Completing the Circle.
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9781602260023
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