Poetry. LGBT Studies. Inspired by Transcendentalism, COMPANION GRASSES sees the sacred in the workings of the material world, but its indebtedness to the ecological tradition of California poets like Gary Snyder and Brenda Hillman means that it also unearths such evidence in the sensual materiality of words themselves. Both ecologically rich landscapes and highly rhythmic inscapes, these poems set seasonal and human dramas side-by-side, wresting an original, signature music from the meeting of site and sight. In pursuing an aesthetics situated in place, they compose an ethics of what it means to be a human companion to the natural world: "What we love, how we care for it, / is where we live."
Author City: PHILADELPHIA, PA USA
A former Stegner Fellow at Stanford University, Brian Teare is the recipient of poetry fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, the MacDowell Colony, the Marin Headlands Center for the Arts and the American Antiquarian Society. He's published four full-length books—The Room Where I Was Born, Sight Map, the Lambda Award-winning PLEASURE, and COMPANION GRASSES—as well as the chapbooks Pilgrim, Transcendental Grammar Crown, and ] up arrow [. After over a decade of teaching and writing in the San Francisco Bay Area, he's now an Assistant Professor at Temple University in Philadelphia, where he makes books by hand for his micropress, Albion Books.
Reviews and Other Links
Walter Holland @ Lambda Literary Review
Sheila Black @ Wordgathering