Poetry. "Here are two strikingly metaphysical poems set twenty years apart in the Wind River Wilderness of Wyoming. Working through a long tradition of Zen practice, poetry, and meditative walking, Paul Naylor has wrought poems that feel to your hands and feet like trails twisting around scree and talus. Each step is a carefully crafted philosophy made of words as much as rock. At night the stars wheel so close and mythically overhead you can reach up and touch their sharp edges. How do twenty years pass? What does a coyote or grizzly bear do at night? Where do the dead go? NOT QUITE NOON gives a hint."—Andrew Schelling
MINGLING AMONG (BlazeVOX [books], 2023) is Paul Naylor's ninth full-length book of poetry-following Playing Well With Others (Singing Horse Press, 2004), Arranging Nature (Chax Press, 2006), JAMMED TRANSMISSION (Tinfish Press, 2009), BOOK OF CHANGES (Shearsman Books, 2012), ANARCHEOLOGY (Talisman House Books, 2018), LUMINOUS RUSE (Tinfish Press, 2019), NOT QUITE NOON (Dos Madres Press, 2020), and Little Cliffs (BlazeVOX Books, 2021). He is also the author of Poetic Investigations: Singing the Holes in History (Northwestern University Press, 1999), a critical study of five contemporary poets-Susan Howe, Nathaniel Mackey, Lyn Hejinian, Kamau Brathwaite, and M. Nourbese Philip. He lives in San Diego with his wife, Debi, and daughter, Siena.