Jennifer Atkinson poetry "These poems are from Drift Ice, a book forthcoming next year from Etruscan Press. They're taken from a sequence about Prince William Sound in Alaska, a place known for its beauty long before it became infamous as the site of the 1989 Exxon Valdez oil spill. "Drawn by the glaciers and moved by stories of the Sound's environmental recovery, I traveled up to Alaska myself. Among the drift ice and the icebergs, I considered the nature of `nature' and how my poems might reflect that thinking. I'm continually astonished by the variety and quiddity of live, evolving things and systems and am challenged to find formal ways to acknowledge that dynamic interdependence. I'm intrigued, too, by the way language is a human-created wilderness and poems are each individual biomes, often as distinct from one another as tundra is from sedge bog. "One of the poems in this group, `The Harriman Expedition, 1899,' relies on Nancy Lord's Green Alaska and other accounts of railroad tycoon Edward Harriman's grand expeditionary adventure. He invited scientists, artists, and writers--including John Muir and John Burroughs--to join him and his family on a sea voyage up the coast of Alaska. As
The Missouri Review – University of Missouri
Published: Oct 29, 2007
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