White Cloud Press
June 09, 2015
5.4 X 0.5 X 8.3 inches | 0.4 pounds
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About the Author
A poet and orchardist, Teddy Macker lives with his wife and two daughters on a small farm in Carpinteria, California. His writing appears widely: the Antioch Review, Columbia, New Letters, Orion, Resurgence & Ecologist, The Massachusetts Review, Tin House, The Sun, and various anthologies. Among his honors is the Reginald S. Tickner Creative Writing Fellowship of the Gilman School in Baltimore. He lectures in the College of Creative Studies at the University of California, Santa Barbara. Born in Vienna in 1926, Brother David Steindl-Rast has been a practicing Benedictine monk for over sixty years. Seen by many to be the successor to Thomas Merton, Brother David was one of the first Vatican-sanctioned delegates to participate in Buddhist-Christian dialogue. His Zen teachers included Hakuun Yasutani Roshi, Soen Nakagawa Roshi, Shunryu Suzuki Roshi, and Eido Shimano Roshi. A recipient of the Martin Buber Award and senior member of the Mount Saviour Monastery in Pine City, New York, he is the author of numerous books, including the classics of spirituality The Ground We Share and Deeper Than Words.
Blessing is the bloodstream of the universe. Teddy Macker's poetry enters into its current with an abandon and enthusiasm that swept me along irresistibly. -From the Foreword by Brother David Steindl-Rast Earthy and agrarian, full of sensuality and ardor ... brave, reverent, and capacious. -The Rumpus Teddy Macker's This World makes a strong first impression . . . Most immediately compelling about Macker's writing is the close observation of natural detail . . . Though close observation of nature with a resulting figurative turn is Macker's most frequently visited topos, it is not the only one. He also does several translations of, or versions of, or loose riffing on, the lyrics of elder poets. At its best, his work in this vein recalls the tradition of Snyder or Pound . . . Infinitely companionable. It's well worth anyone's time to spend a few hours sharing Teddy Macker's world in his work. -Ruminate Magazine Kafka felt that literature should be an ax smashing the frozen sea encasing the heart. What joy to find an old-souled young poet laying about him with that ax. Clarity and attention here meet love of language and Love itself. Long study of the greats leads to deft improvisations on the greats' themes, devotion to "the least of these my brothers and sisters" chief among the themes. The created realm in this poetry is not a phantasmagoria of chemical compounds, but an alchemical instrument through which divine life catches ravishing glimpses of itself. Teddy Macker is a midwife of the Spirit, and This World is, as Boehme has it, a string in the concert of God's joy. -David James Duncan Who touches this touches a man. Incredibly moving, risk-taking, original, and deep. I was in tears a number of times while reading it. Magnificent. -Barry Spacks, author of Shaping Water The great and the tiny marry effortlessly in this wise and moving debut volume. There is at its core a trembling sense of wonder grounded by a rich "insect particularity," by "the lilac undersides of trout." Many prescient lines in this necessary book recall the likes of Issa or Basho, but poet Teddy Macker communes with the storied poets of solitude from an original angle--he is not so much one of them as he is all of us. -Chris Dombrowski, author of Earth Again Teddy Macker claims this is the kingdom we've been looking for--earth--not some other, grander place. These pungent, sometimes difficult, always thoughtful poems have great leverage. Take them to card games. Sea lions collide with old men offering figs from tobacco stained hands; the "weird thrilling voice" of coyote barks across the table at young Maltese women. This den of image holds trouble, don't say I didn't warn you. -Martin Shaw, author of Scatterlings This is the rarest of books--a visionary feast by a loving master of wisdom. Read it and rejoice. -Andrew Harvey, author of The Way of Passion There is a current of organic electricity running through Teddy Macker's poems, much like the current of extraordinary beauty and heartbreak that animates our world. Macker is that rare poet these days who is a mystic and seeker of truths. In his quest, he examines the world in all its "insect particularity" and renders poems with the intensity and delicate skill of a painter of Persian miniatures. Be forewarned: this collection will--to borrow a line from Macker's poem "Numen"--"make one's soul tilt." -Karina Borowicz, author of Proof What impresses me about the poems in Teddy Macker's This World is their dynamism, their resistance to simply recording events--there is nothing passive or static in his work, his poems seek, and what they reveal time and again is Macker's sense of the marvelous around us.--Joseph Stroud