Poetry. "With the observational eye of Charles Darwin and the soul of John Muir, Robert Grunst...takes us on a journey of the flora and fauna of his life in the Midwest and West."—Mary Swander
"Mixing scientific knowledge with lyrical panache, Grunst offers us a wealth of colorful (and memorable) fact... and he has a live, surprising language for what lies beyond facts, too, finding...that a bucket drowned in Clear Lake can remain 'shining and surer than the risen Christ.' One of his most hauntingly evocative poems ends with the phrase, 'infinitesimal treasures of the sea.' It is a phrase that aptly describes the rich lyrical and meditative sea-harvest of this remarkable first collection."—Eamon Grennan
Author City: SAINT PAUL, MN USA
Robert Grunst is the author of BLUE ORANGE (Ashland Poetry Press, 2012) and THE SMALLEST BIRD IN NORTH AMERICA (New Issues, 2000). His poems have appeared in American Literary Review, Cimarron Review, The Iowa Review, Nimrod, Poetry East, Seneca Review, Tar River Poetry, and many other magazines. His essays focusing on the history and culture of the Great Lakes commercial fishery have appeared in a number of publications including Inland Seas, Lake Superior Magazine, and Michigan History Magazine. Grunst was born in Fort Wayne, Indiana, and raised in Holland, Michigan, on the western shore of Lake Michigan. He taught 9th grade English for the Midland, Michigan Public Schools and subsequently spent three years working as a gillnet fisherman and engineer on Lake Michigan and Lake Superior. He teaches a variety of courses including creative writing as Professor in the English Department at St. Catherine University in Saint Paul, Minnesota.