An Ecology of Elsewhere
Recipient of the 2015 Lucille Medwick Memorial Award from the Poetry Society of America
In these gorgeous new poems, Sandra Meek guides us through exquisitely rendered landscapes both terrestrial and emotional, from the deserts and deltas of Sub-Saharan Africa to the bruised terrain of the fragile human heart. At once nomadic and deeply rooted to place, An Ecology of Elsewhere interweaves a difficult past (personal and terrestrial) with an uncertain future.
“What’s remarkable is that Meek does not stoop to the journey-as-healing narrative one might expect. Instead, she puts us in panoramic settings that in their bristly, sun-seared particulars represent her brittle emotions.”
—Barbara Hoffert, Library Journal (starred review)
“These lush and sensory poems take the reader many places, both exterior and interior, from the Skeleton Coast of Namibia and across savannahs of linguistic imagination. This is a deeply textured, brilliant book.”
Sandra Meek is the author of four books of poems, including Road Scatter, and the editor of an anthology, Deep Travel: Contemporary American Poets Abroad, as well as cofounder of Ninebark Press, Poetry Editor of the Phi Kappa Phi Forum, and Dana Professor of English, Rhetoric, and Writing at Berry College. She lives in Rome, Georgia.
Paperback / $16.95 (Can $21.95) / ISBN 978-0-89255-473-7 / 104 pages / Poetry