Ins and Outs of the Forest Rivers

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New Directions Publishing, 2008 - Poetry - 103 pages
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Nathaniel Tarn's magnificent new collection of poems "Ins and Outs of the Forest Rivers" reverberates like a trumpet blast to the present generation. His book opens with a majestic prelude ("as if this moment were ageless and could always return") and is followed by four sections: "Of the Perfected Angels," with its moving meditation on the Issenheim altarpiece by Matthias Grunewald; "Dying Trees," written out of the loss of thousands and thousands of trees throughout the American West in recent years; "War Stills," an engagement with the ongoing atrocities in Iraq; and the final section, "Movement/The North of The Java Sea," that snakes its way through the rivers and the indigenous anguish of Borneo, where Tarn as poet-anthropologist surveyed the loss of forest lands and its effects on tribal peoples. Reflective, conversational, at times humorous, and always profound, "Ins and Outs of the Forest Rivers" is Tarn's most compelling collection to date.

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"Yet everything/connects. Sometimes, you know, the poem can-/not stop: from day to day, a gift in fragments." Noted poet and anthropologist Tarn (Avia) examines the effects of cultural greed and folly ... Read full review


Pursuit of the Whole Parts
The Abandonment
Mathis at Issenheim
Dying Trees
War Stills
Ascending Flight Los Angeles
Self and Other
The Island Weavers

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About the author (2008)

Born in Paris in 1928, Nathaniel Tarn has lived outside Santa Fe, New Mexico, for nearly thirty years. He has published an incredible range of books as a poet, anthropologist, editor, translator, and essayist. His most recent collection of poems is Ins and Outs of the Forest Rivers.

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