NEW AND RECOMMENDED READING:
2010 2009 2008
What the editors have been reading or stumbled across recently.
- The Squanicook Eclogues, Melissa Green's acclaimed first collection, is no longer out of print. It has been reissued by The Pen & Anvil Press, in print and Kindle format.
- Birds and Poets, a 1904 collection of essays by John Burroughs, has been reissued in print. Burroughs (1837 - 1921) was an American naturalist important to the Conservation movement, the "Grand Old Man of Nature" when the American romance with nature gave birth to a now essential protectionist ethic. From his essay "Touches of Nature": "The loon would have delighted the old poets. Its wild, demoniac laughter awakens the echoes on the solitary lakes, and its ferity and hardiness are kindred to those robust spirits." This collection, like other of his works, is available for free download at Project Gutenberg.
- Edwin Muir (1887–1959) was a poet, novelist and translator born on a farm in the Orkney Islands. His deeply felt and vivid poetry, written in unostentatious language. His Collected Poems (Faber and Faber) is out of print, but can be found cheaply online. Read his poem "The Absent" online, and other works. Thanks to Adam Fitzgerald for reminding us of this strangely neglected poet.