Up Late Reading Birds of America
by Robert DeMott
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ROBERT DeMOTT’S poetry has appeared in many journals, including Ontario Review, Georgia Review, Southern Review, Hiram Poetry Review, Southern Poetry Review, Lake Effect, Windsor Review, and elsewhere. His collections include News of Loss (1994), The Weather in Athens (2001), winner of the Ohioana Poetry Award, and Brief and Glorious Transit: Prose Poems (2007). His most recent books are Angling Days: A Fly Fisher’s Journals (2016), and Conversations with Jim Harrison, Revised and Updated (2019). From 1969 to 2013 he taught at Ohio University, where he received half a dozen teaching awards. He serves on the editorial board of Steinbeck Review, and directorial board of Quarter After Eight, a literary journal. He lives in Athens, Ohio, with Kate Fox, poet and editor.
ABOUT UP LATE READING BIRDS OF AMERICA:
Each of these hybrid “proems,” inspired in part by Audubon’s great book, attempts to combine the amplitude and spaciousness of prose with the compression and focus of poetry. In traveling into darkly intertwined spaces of personal geography, memory, emotion, and loss, as well as into wild nature, each piece surrounds its lyrical moment in a context of details, imaginings, and resonances with which to express its dramatic occasion.
ADVANCE PRAISE FOR UP LATE READING BIRDS OF AMERICA:
“Robert DeMott’s Up Late Reading Birds of America displays a deep caring for the world and its countless wonders, whether animal, mineral, firefly, or the unexpected movement of clouds in an autumn sky. DeMott’s habit of seeing deeply rewards us on every page, offering up evocative, passionate moments from a well-considered life. You will stay up late, too, savoring this book of generosity and remarkable beauty.” ––Dinty W. Moore, Director of Creative Writing, Ohio University, and Editor of Brevity: A Journal of Concise Literary Nonfiction.
PRAISE FOR DeMOTT’S PREVIOUSLY PUBLISHED WORK:
“Bob DeMott’s poems [in The Weather in Athens] achieve what is to me one of the most important accomplishments any poet can offer….We are invited to read through the screen of the words into the poem without being dragged back to the surface of the page by stylistic and graphic peculiarities. This is reader’s poetry, inviting, heartfelt, generous and moving.” ––Ted Kooser, Pulitzer Prize winner in Poetry (2005), and former United States Poet Laureate (2004-2006).