Finalist for the James Laughlin Award from The Academy of American Poets
This collection portrays the gripping history of polar exploration by channeling its most notable figures — Symmes, Mawson, Scott, Cherry-Garrard, Byrd, and Shackleton among them. From their perspectives and her own, Elizabeth Bradfield relays the wonders and dangers, physical and mental, encountered while endeavoring to reach the earth's least-hospitable regions.
“In her vivid, unsentimental poetry, Bradfield is both chronicler and active lover, braiding across the pages the gloss-ice strands of history, landscape and personal longing.”
“Approaching Ice chilled me and warmed me. It got me up walking around and thinking a million things, and threw me back down to read more. It’s a high latitude book, a storm, a soundless daybreak at the end of the world, an exquisite investigation into why we explore. I loved it.”
—Kim Heacox, author of Shackleton: The Antarctic Challenge
Elizabeth Bradfield is the author of Interpretive Work, winner of the Audre Lorde Prize and a finalist for a Lambda Literary Award. Her poems have appeared in the Atlantic Monthly, Poetry, and many other publications. As a naturalist, she has worked in Alaska, the Eastern Canadian Arctic, and elsewhere. She lives on Cape Cod.
Paperback / $16.95 / ISBN 978-0-89255-355-6 / 112 pages / Poetry