“[Rogers’] poems bring an openness of spirit and an almost scientific curiosity to the world at her feet, cataloging unexpected connections everywhere she looks.” —New York Times Book Review
A new collection from a poet whose “celebrations of science and approachable yet profound spiritual connection to the Earth delight, entertain, and elevate” (The Poetry Foundation)
Denise Levertov has called the poet Pattiann Rogers “a visionary of reality, perceiving the material world with such intensity of response that impulse, intention, meaning, interconnections beyond the skin of appearance are revealed.” The consistent theme In Flickering, her new collection, is the very breadth and prodigiousness of the universe itself. These wise poems, many inspired by various kinds of flickering actions in plants, animals, and natural processes, move nimbly between inner and outer worlds as Rogers addresses themes ranging from beauty, resilience and creation to the tensions and relationships between humans and wildness.
About the Author
Pattiann Rogers has published fifteen collections of poetry and two book-length essay collections, The Dream of the Marsh Wren and The Grand Array: Writings on Nature, Science, and Spirit. She is the recipient of two NEA grants, a Guggenheim Fellowship, a 2005 Literary Award in Poetry from the Lannan Foundation, and the Distinguished Alumni Award from the University of Missouri, College of Arts and Sciences. In 2018 she was awarded the John Burroughs Medal for Lifetime Achievement in Nature Poetry. She lives in Colorado.
Praise for Flickering:
“[G]rounded and evocative . . . it is clear that nature gives [Rogers] a great deal of joy.” —The Hudson Review
“Reading Flickering is to shift focus from the human to all the other life surrounding us, whether the unseen bones that structure our lives without notice or thanks until a poet like Rogers comes along . . . If poetry, as Rogers argues, hasn’t yet seized all the opportunities ('this expanded vision of our world') that science offers, then Flickering is 'A spark, a tiny sun flew into the night.'” —New York Journal of Books
“[Flickering] burnishes [Rogers'] reputation as a transcendental poet of science, with Emersonian grandiosity . . . Verses of dizzying scope succumb to the gravitational pull of breathtakingly precise lines . . . This is a poignant homage to scientific attention and mystery.” —Publishers Weekly