The Tilt Torn Away from the Seasons: Poems

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6.0 X 8.9 X 0.3 inches | 0.35 pounds
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About the Author

Elizabeth Lindsey Rogers is the author of Chord Box. Her poems appear in Boston Review, Missouri Review, Field, Crazyhorse, Blackbird, The Rumpus, and other journals, while her creative nonfiction can be found in Best American Nonrequired Reading, Best American Travel Writing, and Prairie Schooner.


"The poems in The Tilt Torn Away From the Seasons imagine a future where humans are trying to recreate an environment to live in on Mars because they've messed up Earth's beyond repair. . . . Rogers posits a not-too-distant future, and one where the question of whether we can avoid the mistakes we've made in the past takes on even greater importance. Rogers's answer is no."-- "The Rumpus, 2020 Poetry Book Club Pick"
"The Tilt Torn Away from the Seasons is formally adroit and innovative, set on Mars at a point in the future when environmental collapse has happened on Earth. Rogers's striking narrative is a parable of imperialism. It alludes to America's history of 'Curiosity, ' exploration, and providence that have too often steered us wrong. As with the best dystopian literature, The Tilt Torn Away from Seasons is timely and urgent, and offers a dire warning for the present--and yet, Rogers's poems find a way to go out singing."--Shara McCallum "The Rumpus, 2020 Poetry Book Club Pick"
"In Elizabeth Lindsey Rogers's The Tilt Torn Away from the Seasons, a terraformed Mars can only be colonized by those with perfect hearts. Circled by moons named after dread and fear, Rogers seeks a reshaping of language to name the new, the hoped-for, the nearly-possible." --Traci Brimhall "The Rumpus, 2020 Poetry Book Club Pick"
"Looking into the night sky, the various points of light are far from reach. And yet they, all of them, have held our imagination and our desire for centuries. In The Tilt Torn Away from the Seasons, the reader becomes as captivated as the speaker-poet. Further, these heavenly bodies become captured by the human body: even as a bit of machinery roves over a surface or 'Breathing requires violence' or we meet the likes of Marco Polo. Elizabeth Lindsey Rogers has given us an outpouring of beauty in these elegantly discursive poems. On the anniversary of our footprint on the moon, I believe this collection is a valuable look outward and within." --Kimiko Hahn "The Rumpus, 2020 Poetry Book Club Pick"
"In this attentive and imaginative contribution to ecopoetics, Rogers' weaves her celebration of earth and its beauty with warnings of the mistakes of mankind. The collection creates a sense of nostalgia for what still is and garners within readers a desire to protect the earth that Rogers' persona has lost."--Kimiko Hahn "Memorious"