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
Born in Nevada and raised in California, Don Schofield is a graduate of the University of Montana (MFA, 1980). He has lived in Greece for four decades, during which time he has taught literature and creative writing at American, British and Greek universities, and traveled extensively throughout Europe, the Middle East and farther afield. Fluent in Greek, a citizen of both his homeland and his adopted country, he is the editor of the anthology Kindled Terraces: American Poets in Greece (Truman State University Press, 2004), and has published five books of poetry in the U.S., the first of which, Approximately Paradise(University Press of Florida, 2002), was a finalist for the 1985 Walt Whitman Award, and a more recent collection, IN LANDS IMAGINATION FAVORS (Dos Madres Press, 2014), reached the final round for the 2015 Rubery Book Award (UK). His translations of contemporary Greek poets have been honored by the London Hellenic Society, shortlisted for the Greek National Translation Award and nominated for a Pushcart Prize. He currently lives in both Athens and Thessaloniki.