Poetry. Literary Nonfiction. California Interest. A hybrid collection of poetry and prose, THE NEW WORLD follows the attempts, failures, and re-attempts at understanding and articulating an era of immense social upheaval, political corruption, and environmental consequence. In five distinct sections, the book refracts, explores and investigates these global themes through the realm of the personal and private. Old journals and notes are revisited as a way of understanding the self and its various revisions and mistakes. THE NEW WORLD tells the story of escapism and arrival, growth and decay, and despair and optimism as they occur, often simultaneously, within the mind of our narrator. The book asks, "How do you write poems in a country like this?," inviting every reader to take stock of themselves, and to reassess the ways "One human world / [empties] completely / into the bigger one."
Kelly Schirmann is from Northern California. She is the author of THE NEW WORLD (Black Ocean, 2020), POPULAR MUSIC (Black Ocean, 2016), and the co-author, with Tyler Brewington, of Boyfriend Mountain and Nature Machine. She lives & works in Western Montana.Author City: PORTLAND, OR USA