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The dream of the Marsh Wren : writing as reciprocal creation
Rogers, Pattiann, 1940-
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First edition.
Publication Information:
Minneapolis, MN : Milkweed Editions ; [Berkeley, Calif.] : Distributed by Publishers Group West, [1999]

Physical Description:
141 pages ; 21 cm.

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PS3563.O454 D7 1999 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks

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A poet, a mother, a lover of the land, and a student of zoology, Pattiann Rogers is at home in the vocabulary of nature. The Dream of the Marsh Wren reveals the genesis of some of her most admired poems as well as her conception of how and why she writes.

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Library Journal Review

These two slim volumes, which inaugurate Milkweed's new "Credo" series, express the importance of place. Each contains the author's statement of belief, a short biography by series editor Scott Slovic, and a bibliography of the author's published work. Bass (The New Wolves, The Book of the Yaak) had a pointer named Colter, an extraordinary dog, and Bass succeeds in translating his physical passion into words. Colter's singleness of purpose, though, is something Bass can only envy as he finds in himself the need not only to write about the natural world but also to become an activist in its defense, particularly of his beloved Yaak Valley in Montana. Reading about Colter and the Yaak is more fun than reading about activism, but Bass confronts the issues seriously and provides much food for thought. Award-winning poet Rogers (Eating Bread and Honey) takes a different tack, explicating the processes by which she creates her poems. A trained zoologist, she brings a scientist's eye to her poetry, often with startlingly beautiful results. As she creates a poem, she says, the poem also creates her. Rogers's prose flows into and out of the poems, making the book a gentle primer not only on reading her poetry but on reading poetry in general. Recommended for academic and public libraries with writing and/or nature collections. The next two books in the series (by William Kittredge and Scott Russell Sanders) will be out in the fall.ÄMary Paumier Jones, Westminster P.L, CO (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.