Wild Muse: Ozarks Nature Poetry
Featuring poetry from C. D. Albin, Wendy Taylor Carlisle, Paulette Guerin, John J. Han, Phillip Howerton, Gerry Sloan, Mark Spitzer, Agnes Vojta, and Amy Wright Vollmar.
Wild Muse is a collection of contemporary poetry engaging Ozarks nature and environment. Some topics and themes explored here are nature’s beauty, sense of place, loss of place, environmental diminishment, and human dependence on nature and its sublime indifference to our existence.
Combining the best aspects of chapbooks and anthologies, this “chapthology” features extensive selections from the work of nine Ozarks poets—-providing readers a generous introduction to the voice, style, and perspectives of each writer.
In total, this collection presents almost 200 poems and offers biographical material about each poet, discussion of some poems included, and advice and insights about writing nature-based poetry.
“The poems in this little book remind us that everything about life is ephemeral and to be experienced, endured, celebrated – and remembered, whether it is the sight of a budding plant, a memory of fence building, a flight of geese, or a season of drought.” Susan Croce Kelly, managing editor of OzarksWatch
“Wild Muse is a beautiful and at times astonishing collection of contemporary ecopoetry. With the space and depth afforded its wide-ranging poets, few anthologies have so thoroughly captured the spirit of a place the way this book does for the Ozarks. It is thoughtful, provocative, entertaining, and deeply engaging, and each poem invites us to live a moment in the wild world.”
Brian Hardman, University of the Ozarks
“Though not immune to the leveling forces of national culture, the Ozarks retains a regional flavor and remarkable biodiversity. The poets in Wild Muse know and live this. They reach deep into place and nature as they serve the region they love.”
Matt McGowan, author of 1971 and North Fork
Wild Muse is available from Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and other on-line booksellers. It is also available directly from Cornerpost Press.
The poets featured in Wild Muse will be presenting at various conferences and reading, so please see the “Authors” and “News” pages at Cornerpost Press for updates.