At once it struck me what quality went to form a Man of Achievement, especially in Literature, and which Shakespeare
possessed so enormously - I mean Negative Capability, that is, when a man is capable of being in uncertainties,
mysteries, doubts, without any irritable reaching after fact and reason.
– John Keats
In The Feral Condition, Gaylord Brewer explores a polarity in nature that seems to encompass the views of both Hobbes and Rousseau. As he searches at home and abroad through the feral world, which includes some humans, he experiences its beauty and mystery but also its persistent, unsparing violence—“A goldfinch greets with melancholy song! / Meanwhile, every step another bloodbath.” This external polarity reflects an inner one in which he feels both a part of nature and separate from it. He finally achieves an intimate connection that, however fleeting, darkish, and imperfect, fulfills. But the most striking elements in this collection come from Brewer’s great heart, sharp eye, and lyric brilliance.
Now available on Amazon.
Now available for purchase on Amazon.
Angela Jackson-Brown’s autobiographical collection of poetry “House Repairs.”
“I have often said that good poetry makes you think or feel deeply; great poetry makes you do both. And great poetry is not found in lofty ideals like Truth, Nature, God, or Love. It happens where life happens, down in the midst of things, in the spaces between our hearts. Angela Jackson-Brown’s House Repairs, is great poetry. In it you will find what makes poetry necessary. You will find honesty and pain, beauty and atonement in these poems, where the power of strangled and realized possibility sings…”
– Robert Gray
Author of Drew: Poems from Blue Water & Jesus Walks the Southland
The Night’s Magician: Poems about the Moon
This collection of 80 new poems about the moon maps its landscape through history, mythology, eco-poetics, gender, travel, music, film, etc.--by some of America's most distinguished poets including Ted Kooser, Sonia Sanchez, Paul Mariani, Gary Fincke, William Greenway, David Kirby, Mary Jo Bang, Peter Makuck, Martha Serpas, Martin Espada, Pat Schneider, and others.
These poems about the earth's closest neighbor reflect the moon's many phases/faces, its influence on our natural world, the paradoxical responses it has elicited--from the lyrical to the satirical to the sacramental. As Vivian Shipley claims, you could "fall in love all over again when your eyes feast on the poems in The Night's Magician."
The anthology is available for purchase on Amazon!