Rosen's first collection since PRIMATE POEMS (2016)
I took a trip to Neeli… Italy was in the background. From various notebooks, landscapes, cafés, frantic roads… THE TUSCAN JOURNALS arose. It is at heart an homage to poet Neeli Cherkovski, with whom I traveled in the summer of 2018. I asked of his plans for the journey and he replied, “we'll get on the plane, fly to Milan, go through customs, get the car, drive to Bagnone, get our room, have something to eat, and go to sleep. In the morning we’ll get up, go to the bar, have our coffee, and… get to work.” And so we did. It is invigorating to be in Neeli’s presence. He is a poet. He makes poems throughout the day, every day. His energy is infectious.
Each morning Danny pees on the bank of the largest unnamed tributary to the East Branch of Big Salt Wash which flows into the Colorado River several miles below Fruita, Colorado. Early on he learned to swing a hammer and that changed everything. He has been a poet, publisher, teacher, geologist, astronomer, and carpenter. In the middle of his journey he found himself running an astronomical observatory in the heart of the Namib Desert under the southern sky where he cultivated an optimistic outlook based on his familiarity with big space and deep time. He is the author of PRIMATE POEMS (2016), Ghosts of Giant Kudu (2013), and That Curve (2006). He founded Lithic Press in 2007 and has run Lithic Bookstore since its opening in 2015. An inveterate rock hanger, he has collaborated with beavers on a variety of landscape installations.