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Twice Alive

Twice Alive

Author Forrest Gander
Publisher New Directions
Publication Date 2021-05-04
Section New Titles - Paperback / Poetry
Type New
Format Paperback
ISBN 9780811230292

An exciting new book about renewal by the winner of the 2019 Pulitzer Prize for Poetry

In the searing poems of his new collection, Twice Alive, the Pulitzer Prize–winner Forrest Gander addresses the exigencies of our historical moment and the intimacies, personal and environmental, that bind us to others and to the world. Drawing from his training in geology and his immersion in Sangam literary traditions, Gander invests these poems with an emotional intensity that illuminates our deep-tangled interrelations.

While conducting fieldwork with a celebrated mycologist, Gander links human intimacy with the transformative collaborations between species that compose lichens. Throughout Twice Alive, Gander addresses personal and ecological trauma—several poems focus on the devastation wrought by wildfires in California where he lives—but his tone is overwhelmingly celebratory. Twice Alive is a book charged with exultation and tenderness.

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