Poetry. Volume IX of the Hobblebush Granite State Poetry Series. Suppose I try to describe faithfully the prospect which a strain of music exhibits to me. The field of my life becomes a boundless plain...—Thoreau Prompted by Thoreau's thought-experiment, FIELD GUIDE A TEMPO is a topographical map of sounds, a landscape that changes pace, from ballad to dirge to lullaby, tracing the contours of those rhythms that give form and voice to Time itself. If sound became visible, what shapes would it take? What images would flash before our eyes? And if those images were set once more to music, could we sing them with all our senses? In music, the phrase a tempo directs the musician to play once again at an original speed. But what is our original speed, or are there more than one? This "field guide," unlike all scientific manuals before it, sets life going at the changing rhythms of ancient myth, natural wonder, and human love, and lets us sing them: "Consigned to no one but time, but to continuous / Tempos, their racings, my racings, their easing, mine."
Henry Walters was born in Chicago in 1984 and grew up in Indiana and southern Michigan. He studied Latin and Greek at Harvard College, beekeeping in Sicily, and falconry in Ireland. He has worked as a teacher, a naturalist, a practicing falconer, and a steward of a wildlife sanctuary. His poems, translations, and essays have appeared in a range of publications, from The Old Farmer's Almanac to The American Guide to Hawk Migration Studies, and he is the recipient of Better Magazine's 2013 prize for poetry. He currently lives in the beech and hemlock woods of Dublin, New Hampshire, where he coordinates the New Hampshire Young Birders Club and acts as Secretary for Experimental Living at Dublin School.Author City: DUBLIN, NH USA