Swift: New and Selected Poems

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W. W. Norton & Company
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5.6 X 8.3 X 0.5 inches | 0.35 pounds

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About the Author
David Baker worked with NASA on the Gemini, Apollo and Shuttle programs between 1965 and 1990. He has written more than 100 books on space flight, aviation, and military technology and is the former editor of Jane's Space Directory and Jane's Aircraft Upgrades. In 1986, he was made a member of the International Academy of Astronautics by NASA manned flight boss George Mueller and is a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society and a member of the US Air Force Association. He received the 1998 Rolls-Royce Award for Aerospace Journalist of the Year and in 2005 he was a recipient of the Arthur C Clarke Award. In October 2017, he received the American Astronautical Society's Frederick I. Ordway III award "for a sustained excellence in space coverage, through books and articles, as well as engagement in the early US space program". David is currently the editor of Spaceflight, the monthly space news magazine of the British Interplanetary Society, of which he is also a Fellow, a lecturer, and consultant.
This career retrospective reveals Baker as a peerless poet of the natural world who never stops trying to see things as if for the first time.-- "New York Times Book Review"
[Swift] affords a longitudinal view of a sensibility that is itself devoted to observing change over time.... To read Baker's poems collected in this way is to appreciate the full range of their formal resources, their attunement to cycles and processes rather than to mere outcomes and effects.--Dan Chiasson "The New Yorker"
Baker's poetic universe is a hushed, melancholy and at times ghostly place, haunted both by attachments to the past and by anxiety about its increasingly uncertain future.... [His] project, in large part, has been to help us hear the inaudible and see the invisible.--Troy Jollimore "Washington Post"
[Baker] endows the landscape of the Midwest and its wildlife with a cosmic radiance.... It would seem he carries around in his pocket a botanist's field guide, tucks under his arm a scrolled bundle of star charts that put the galactic whorls at his fingertips, and keeps well stocked a shelf of volumes cataloging every species from the Asteroidea to red-tailed hawks.--Floyd Collins "Gettysburg Review"
Baker is as thoughtful a poet as anyone writing today. It is as if his thoughts grew out of his sensations, not the other way around. The difference is a difference indeed, and Swift is a testament to its possibilities.--David Rigsbee "Cortland Review"
David Baker is a virtuoso of the long poem.... Meditative, ecological, and sensitively attuned to the complex interplay of subjectivity and context, Swift expands what it means for a self to be in conversation with larger systems.... The voice sustaining this collection is a sonorous whole.--Tyler Mills "On the Seawall"
David Baker is a master of places defined by science and art.... Baker grabs his audience with poems that are accurate yet creative, precise yet profound.--Andrew Jarvis "New York Journal of Books"
These are poems to read slowly as a place for sitting--to escape into a daily meditation where the good and the beautiful are filled with surprise. Baker uses the page in new and traditional ways. These implications from the earth make clear our societal issues and our personal relationships, and you will be grateful that someone is speaking for you.--Grace Cavalieri "Washington Independent Review of Books"
Opening the book, fifteen new poems invite us into an ecopoetic vision of subtlety as well as clarity.... If you're new to Baker's work as I was, expect to enjoy its formal permutations; couplets, fragments, thin columns and often full pentameter lines are all tools to build his aviaries. Thematically, the selected works evoke a naturalist's playful curiosity, a child's love for his parents, and a humanist's concern for the world.--Nate Duke "Entropy"
With each poem delicately and sturdily crafted, this collection creates one of the great spaces in American poetry.-- "Booklist (starred review)"