New and selected poems from award-winning author Mike O'Connor
OLD GROWTH gathers a generous selection of the best of Mike O'Connor's original lyric poetry along with a sampling of new and uncollected poems. Long-time readers of Mike O'Connor's poetry can now access the arc of his poetic offerings in a single volume. Readers new to O'Connor's work will discover the poignancy, humor, insight and compassion that illuminate O'Connor's most enduring poems. Old Growth is essential reading from one of the Northwest's most engaging poets.
“With sly humor and an irrepressible boyish enthusiasm Mike O’Connor chronicles his hardscrabble adventures exploring and working in the mountains and river valleys of his native Olympic Peninsula, followed by many years in Taiwan studying and translating Chinese poetry—all this permeated by a Buddhist practice. Blue-collar America meets the Tang dynasty! Old Growth is much more than a book of poems. It is the record of a man’s life.” —Clemens Starck
Mike O'Connor was the author of twelve books of poetry, stories, and translations from the Chinese and the editor of several anthologies. His poems celebrate living simply, holding friends close and honoring the earth. The winner of several awards and fellowships, he died in 2021.