Winner of the 2009 Sinclair Poetry Prize The Gaian Odes by Howard W. Robertson

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Howard W. Robertson is a poet and fiction writer who lives in Eugene, Oregon. He has published a short novel: Peculiar Pioneer (Publication Studio, 2013); and nine books of poems: Odes to the Ki of the Universe, 2nd rev. ed. (Publication Studio, 2013); Ode to Certain Interstates (Publication Studio, 2013); The Green Force of Spring (Publication Studio, 2013); Odes to the Ki of the Universe (Publication Studio, 2012); Two Odes of Quiddity and Nil (Publication Studio, 2010); The Gaian Odes (Evening Street Press, 2009); The Bricolage of Kotegaeshi (Backwaters Press, 2007); Ode to certain interstates and Other Poems (Clear Cut Press, 2003); and to the fierce guard in the Assyrian Saloon (Ahsahta Press, 1987). He was the 2010 Henry Art Gallery Poet-in-Residence and the winner of the 2009 Sinclair Poetry Prize, the 2007 Jack Straw Author Award, the 2006 Elizabeth R. Curry Prize for Poetry, and the 2003 Robinson Jeffers Prize for Poetry. His poems have been published in many literary journals, including most recently in Yellow Medicine Review, Snow Monkey, SLAB, Square Lake, Hipfish, Nest, Literal Latté, Nimrod, Fireweed, and Ergo. His poetry has been anthologized in Literal Latté: The Anthology (iUniverse, 2008), Where We Live Now ( 2008); the Jack Straw Writers Anthology (Jack Straw Productions, 2007); The Clear Cut Future (Clear Cut Press, 2003); The Emily Dickinson Awards Anthology (Universities West Press, 2002); and the Ahsahta Anthology: Poetry of the American West (Ahsahta Press, 1996). He has been among the winners of various other poetry and fiction awards, including the Bumbershoot Award, the Emily Dickinson Award, the Robert Frost Foundation Award,  the Intown Award, the Literal Latté Award, the Pablo Neruda Award, and the Pacifica Award.

 

Winner of the 2009 Sinclair Poetry Prize The Gaian Odes by Howard W. Robertson

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“Robertson really captures the pacing and might of geological landscapes in his poems. You could call it a glacier of words.” ~Van Diep, Jack Straw Productions

“Howard W. Robertson’s poetry connects me to the universe. His poems are like the viewfinder of a camera where the focus moves from the specific to the cosmic and back. His words evoke an organic undulation along the threads that join us multidimensionally through time and space, interpersonally and ecologically. Robertson’s poems breathe with the cosmos, exhaling the beauty of daily life.” ~Tamara Pinkas, Lane Community College

This is one of the most original and powerful books of poetry you can find: a series of independent, inter-related, flowing expressions of ways of seeing the world and all life in it that makes existence an experience of a fantastic reality–not a fantasy but a reality that is more like–in Thoreau’s words–“an Arabian Nights Entertainment” than we think. Howard Robertson offers here a mastery of language and vision that’s rare in literature at all times but, gratefully, present for us now. Evening Street Press is proud to publish The Gaian Odes, the first winner of its Sinclair Poetry Prize. Gordon Grigsby, Editor

 

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