In Gander’s follow up to his extraordinary book of loss and lamentation, Be With, (for which he was awarded the Pulitzer Prize), this poet of metaphysical abstraction, Eros, and intimate observation — and even adulation — of the natural world finds fresh metaphors for the sudden and uneasy onset of new love.
NPR

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

Twice Alive

Poetry by Forrest Gander

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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Paperback (published May 4, 2021)

ISBN
9780811230292
Trim Size
5.5x8.5
Page Count
96

Ebook (published May 4, 2021)

ISBN
9780811230308

Forrest Gander

American poet, novelist, and translator

In Gander’s follow up to his extraordinary book of loss and lamentation, Be With, (for which he was awarded the Pulitzer Prize), this poet of metaphysical abstraction, Eros, and intimate observation — and even adulation — of the natural world finds fresh metaphors for the sudden and uneasy onset of new love.
NPR
Gander’s love for formal, even archaic language and the quiet complexity of his syntax can build striking abstract landscapes in which the material and spiritual worlds seem equally intelligent.
—Tony Hoagland, American Poetry Review
Gander’s verses have a shattering, symphonic quality.
—Tess Taylor, The New York Times
A restlessly experimental writer.
—Robert Hass, The Washington Post Book World