The long-awaited collection of poems by award-winning poet Scott Edward Anderson, FALLOW FIELD, represents the best of Anderson's poetry over the past quarter century.
His poetry is rooted in nature and grounded in what Robert Hass called the “strong central tradition of free verse made out of both romanticism and modernism, split between the impulses of an inward and psychological writing and an outward and realist one, at its best fusing the two.”
Anderson studied with Hass and with Gary Snyder, along with the late Walter Pavlich, and received some great mentoring and advice from poets Alison Hawthorne Deming, Donald Hall, Colette Inez, Karen Swenson, and others along the way.
Anderson's poetry is informed by a deep engagement with the natural world, attuned to the smallest details and complexities of nature and our experience of place. Attentiveness and mindfulness are critical to his method of working, both as the poem first evolves and later, through the often rigorous process of revision.
"I believe poetry is the most direct language with which to approach our place in the world and reconnect us to nature," Anderson has said. "By nature, I mean not only the natural world, but also the built environment; not only the processes and causal powers of the physical world, but our immediate experience of the spiritual and the non-human."
For over twenty five years, Anderson built a body of poetry that tries to achieve his goal of writing that is "open, approachable, and eminently readable, at the same time that it is intellectual and revels in the joy of language."
Here is what others have said about this collection, FALLOW FIELD:
“Scott Edward Anderson’s poems honor the reality that the things of the world – rye grass, fall warblers, ravens, owls, ‘Sargassum drifting/ in a pelagic wave,’ lovers and sourdough bread – speak to and for our innerness. Here the sense of place is not simply a matter of geography, but of feeling one’s way into that sense of becoming that makes one’s path clear. The book’s fourth section is comprised of poems that beautifully embrace the very human need to join the inner and outer, a territory defined, as the poem titles suggest, by ‘Becoming,’ ‘Shapeshifting,’ ‘Cultivating,’ ‘Mapping,’ and ‘Healing.’ Guided since childhood, as the book’s closing long poem relates, by nature’s teaching, Anderson is devoted to finding the words for what it means to dwell mindfully among others on the wounded earth.” –Alison Hawthorne Deming, author of Rope: Poems
“I was impressed by Anderson’s engagement with nature — especially the way in which his lyrical lines sketch the profound relationship between humans and their environment.” – Jonathan Galassi, author of Left-handed: Poems
“FALLOW FIELD is a richly gifted collection of perceptive poems on the world’s directions and dangers, legacies and tributes. It’s a treasure!” - Colette Inez, author of Horseplay: Poems
“Wow, Pop, I had no idea you wrote so many poems!” – Walker Anderson, the author’s then 11-year-old son
"FALLOW FIELD is a wonderful read. I love the range and beauty of it, how motifs persist from poem to poem, like the moon rising and setting. How simply Anderson says unsimple things." - John Glenday, author of Grain: Poems
"The poems in FALLOW FIELD are beautiful, intimate, and engage profoundly with ecocriticism and our fragile earth." - Denise Duhamel, author of Blowout
"This is a book every poetry aficionado should pay attention to, one that celebrates nature at a time when many contemporary poets seem to have set their sights on how disjointed life is in the 21st century. And therein lies the beauty of Fallow Field: it assures us there’s almost nothing disjointed about life once we get away from the suburbs and cities and find a quiet field in which we can sit still and listen. Scott Edward Anderson assures us, by way of his collection, that if we do we might just fall for all the warblers." - Richard Fenwick, author of Around the Sun Without a Sail.
"It’s easy to like these poems. They read easily and well. They are about familiar things. And yet they do what good poetry should do, and that’s to provide a different view, an unexpected perspective, taking the familiar and bathing it in unfamiliar shades and colors." - Glynn Young, author of Poetry at Work.
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