Rush to the Lake
Forrest Gander (Author)
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DescriptionWith this extraordinary first collection, Forrest Gander achieves the artful connection between head and heart and loins. These are poems whose chronic desires are poised on a consciousness of equal caliber and force. Line by line he detaches the familiar from old surroundings in language exquisitely cultivated to the edge of excess. It is poetry that prompts us to exult in our intricacy. In allowing us into the inner circle by the boathouse, Rush To The Lake both disturbs our equilibria and restores us to the unflinching wonder of daily light.
Alice James Books
June 01, 1988
5.54 X 0.23 X 8.66 inches | 0.25 pounds
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About the Author
Born in 1856 in California's Mojave Desert, poet Forrest Gander grew up in Virginia and attended the College of William & Mary, where he majored in geology. After receiving an MA in literature from San Francisco State University, Gander moved to Mexico, then to Arkansas, where his poetry-informed by his knowledge of geology-turned its attention to landscape as foreground or source of action.Gander's books of poetry include Be With (New Directions, 2018), Core Samples from the World (2011), Eye Against Eye (2005), Torn Awake (2001), and Science & Steepleflower (1998). Critic Barbara Fischer wrote in the Boston Review that Gander's poetry "marshals a sinewy and strenuous language for familial, sensory, and erotic experience." A master of the long poem, Gander uses the form to consider his subjects from a variety of approaches, and as the proving ground for unique formal constraints. His book Be With won the 2018 Pulitzer Prize.Though primarily a poet, Gander is also a translator, novelist, essayist, and the editor of two anthologies. He has translated collections by Mexican poets Pura Lopez Colomé and Coral Bracho. With Kent Johnson he translated Bolivian poet Jaime Saenz's Immanent Visitor and The Night (2007), for which he won a PEN Translation Award. His translations of Neruda are included in The Essential Neruda: Selected Poems (2004). He also edited the bilingual anthology Mouth to Mouth: Poems by Twelve Contemporary Mexican Women (1993). Gander's own poetry has been translated into several languages. His novel, As a Friend, was published in 2008.Gander has won the Whiting Writers' Award, a Howard Foundation Award, the Jessica Nobel Maxwell Memorial Prize, two Gertrude Stein Awards for innovative North American writing, and fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Guggenheim Foundation, and United States Artists. He has taught at Harvard and Brown, and was until his retirement The Adele Kellenberg Seaver Professor of Literary Arts and Comparative Literature at Brown University, Gander taught courses such as Poetry & Ethics, EcoPoetics, Latin American Death Trip, and Translation Theory & Practice.He now lives in California.