Roger Mitchell is the author of 12 previous books of poetry.
“'All around us forgotten knowledge stirs,' writes Roger Mitchell in this soulful collection that reads like Basho’s The Narrow Road for the Hudson River watershed. We’re riding shotgun, meandering from the Adirondacks to Manhattan and back, meeting funky neighbors and bobcats and the ghosts of the poet’s past along the way. Mitchell offers the long view at every turn, measuring time in collapsing barns and 'the wailing of nails drawn slowly out of the barns body.' For as long as I’ve been a poet, Roger Mitchell has been my guide. I’d follow him anywhere.”
“In his stunning new collection, Roger Mitchell discovers 'that the hill we stood on / looking off in the distance / for the thing was the thing itself.' Like William Carlos Williams, Mitchell searches for an ever-flowering present in the things of this world and practices deep attention to people, place, and memory. AS WATER MOVES brilliantly charts the fluidity of attention, moving between natural observation, familial recollections, local relations, and compassionate perception. These poems present a riverous map of the psyche, tributaries of thought leading to a larger body of knowing where the observer and observed become one. As Mitchell says, 'The edges of things turn toward each other / as though there were no otherness or kind.' I have been reading Roger Mitchell’s poetry for forty-five years and always find in it nourishing streams and wellsprings of human compassion. AS WATER MOVES is his latest gift of a poetics that seeks the fruits of a deep practice of generosity and love.”
Roger Mitchell is the author of 12 previous books of poetry, most recently REASON'S DREAM (Dos Madres, 2018) and The One Good Bite in the Saw-Grass Plant (Natural Dam Publishing, 2010), poems written in The Everglades while on an AIRIE Fellowship. New work can be found in Stand, Tar River Poetry, Blueline, Poetry East, On the Seawall, Mudlark and other journals. He has recently published Their Own Society (Hamilton Stone Editions, 2022), a collection of reviews and essays, and completed a biography of the poet Jean Garrigue. He lives in Jay, New York, with his wife, the fiction writer, Dorian Gossy.