Poetry. "In his superb new volume, Don Schofield deepens into loss—of love and language, of history and home. 'The greatest thing's to leave no mark at all,' he affirms, yet longing draws us to moments 'when nothing matters but the curve / of one body in the hollow of another.' The questions Schofield poses—'Where do the lost words go?' and 'how many / blessings do I need?'—echo across the distances between lovers, between countries. IN LANDS IMAGINATION FAVORS reverberates with such exquisite and ineffable uncertainties.— Michael Waters
"As the title of one of these poems suggests, a major focus here is traveling Greece, but the modes for doing so are original, highly evocative, at the end profoundly moving. The landscape is chosen to offer color through details that are both recognizable and metaphoric, places that carry a name familiar to those who celebrate the life of the senses but who are also transported to the land of mythology, characters and their anecdotes who inhabit the bright contemporary world but who are haunted by a harsher history. And the persona provides the voice of discovery, failed happiness, and reconciliation that establishes the emotional truth of so much of the poetry. It is a poetry not to be missed by travelers familiar with this Mediterranean world and also by those prepared to explore its new access to an imaginary world beyond."—Edmund Keeley
Don Schofield's books include Approximately Paradise (University Press of Florida, 2002), Kindled Terraces: American Poets in Greece (Truman State University Press, 2004), The Known: Selected Poems [of Nikos Fokas], 1981 - 2000 (Ypsilon Press, 2010), Before Kodachrome (FutureCycle Press, 2012), and IN LANDS IMAGINATION FAVORS (Dos Madres Press, 2014). His poems and translations have received honors from, among others, the London Hellenic Society, the State University of New York, Anhinga Press and Princeton University, where he was a Writer-in-Residence at the Seeger Center for Hellenic Studies. A resident of Greece for many years, he currently lives in Thessaloniki, where he serves as Dean of Special Programs at Perrotis College, a division of the American Farm School.
Author City: Thessoloniki GRC