Poetry. "Like A.R. Ammon's "Corson's Inlet," David Oates in THE HERON PLACE makes a walk in a wild place into an excursion into nature and mind, drawing a stunning sense of landscapes inner and outer, the wounds and failures and beauties that attend both realms. With brilliant turns and keen attention, he renders the heron place into a reverie. How are we to live with the history of anguish that lies in the land beneath our feet and in our own failures of love? We are to walk and see and say again a story strong enough to hold both love and failure, the saying itself an act of reconciliation. This sequence is a marvel to read."—Alison Hawthorne Deming
David Oates writes about nature and urban life from Portland, Oregon. He is author of four books of nonfiction, including WHAT WE LOVE WILL SAVE US and Paradise Wild: Reimagining American Nature. Recent work is appearing in Georgia Review and has won first-place nonfiction awards (Northern Colorado Writers; Tiferet) as well as two Pushcart Prize nominations, and a nonfiction award from Seven Hills Review. A long essay was finalist for the Iron Horse nonfiction Trifecta. His prose is featured in the German literary journal Wortschau. THE HERON PLACE won the 2015 Poetry Award from Swan Scythe Press (San Francisco). Peace in Exile: Poems was published in 1992. He won the Dovid Heersche Badonnah award from Bitterroot Poetry (NY) and was a finalist for the Pablo Neruda Award from Nimrod and the Gravendyk Prize from Inlandia.
Author City: PORTLAND, OR USA