Poetry. OLD TALE ROAD, Andrew Schelling's first full collection of poetry in six years, is a visionary work of crisply detailed language and wide-ranging content. It balances the ecological, mythic, and personal realms, while carrying the flavor of American ballads or blues. There are poems in haibun form, lyric songs, linked-verse, and a Noh play. The personae of OLD TALE ROAD include friends, ghosts, lovers, Buddhist monks, dead poets, mountain spirits, and the strangely named animals of the American West. "Andrew Schelling is the latest incarnation in an American poetic lineage that began with the Transcendentalists and moved west with Rexroth and Snyder: the unlikely and fortuitous conjunction of wilderness expertise, the observational precision of a natural historian, homegrown radical politics, and an immersion in Asian philosophy and writing"—Eliot Weinberger.
Andrew Schelling lives in the Southern Rocky Mountain bioregion. He has worked on land use in the American West, ecology, conservation of wildlife, and wolf reintroduction. His twenty books include poetry, essays, anthologies, and translations. For thirty years he has studied Sanskrit & Indian raga, publishing seven collections of translation from India's early poets. In recent years he has delved into Native American languages, and investigates animal tracks & the "grammar" of the ecological world. Recent books include THE REAL PEOPLE OF WIND AND RAIN: TALKS, ESSAYS, AND AN INTERVIEW (Singing Horse Press, 2014), FROM THE ARAPAHO SONGBOOK (La Alameda Press, 2011) and The Oxford Anthology of Bhakti Literature (2011). He teaches at Naropa University in Colorado, and at Deer Park Institute in India's architecturally rich & bird-thronged Himalayan foothills.Author City: BOULDER, CO USA