Poetry. OLD TALE ROAD, Andrew Schelling's first full collection of poetry in six years, is a visionary work of crisply detailed language and wide-ranging content. It balances the ecological, mythic, and personal realms, while carrying the flavor of American ballads or blues. There are poems in haibun form, lyric songs, linked-verse, and a Noh play. The personae of OLD TALE ROAD include friends, ghosts, lovers, Buddhist monks, dead poets, mountain spirits, and the strangely named animals of the American West. "Andrew Schelling is the latest incarnation in an American poetic lineage that began with the Transcendentalists and moved west with Rexroth and Snyder: the unlikely and fortuitous conjunction of wilderness expertise, the observational precision of a natural historian, homegrown radical politics, and an immersion in Asian philosophy and writing"—Eliot Weinberger.
Andrew Schelling, poet and translator. Author of twenty-odd books including THE FACTS AT DOG TANK SPRING (Dos Madres Press, 2020), Arapaho Songbook, and THE REAL PEOPLE OF WIND AND RAIN (Singing Horse Press, 2014). In the 1970s he studied classics with Norman O. Brown and ecology of mind with Gregory Bateson at U.C. Santa Cruz, then up to Berkeley for Sanskrit while editing samizdat poetry journals. In 1990 he moved over the Continental Divide to the Front Range of the Southern Rockies with his wife and daughter. Schelling worked on land use, wolf reintroduction, defiance to dams, and protection of wilderness. He translated eight books of poetry from Sanskrit & related tongues. His study Tracks Along the Left Coast: Jaime de Angulo & Pacific Coast Culture is a folkloric account of bohemian poets, old time West Coast storytelling, natural history, cattle rustling, & linguistics. He has spent many years teaching poetry and Sanskrit at Naropa University, he lives in the mountains west of Boulder, Colorado.
Author City: BOULDER, CO USA