Nearly Florida (Florida Poetry Series)

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Poetry. A quiet lyric grace informs the poems of James Brock, a grace which never fails to console and locate their speaker, even in the midst of his restless odyssey among many American landscapes. The poems speak with a subtle necessity and authority, both as they confront the bagaries of daily living and as they perform their more demanding investigation into the meaning of loss. These are poems that understand, as one of his lines puts it, 'the inchoate currents of desire' -- David Wojahn. In this powerful collection, James Brock allows us to listen in on a fascinating argument between geography and the imagination. To describe a hugely various country, pulsing with radio talk, and covered with interstate highways, shopping malls, museums, beaches and potato fields is an ambitious project, but to show us how we become exiles and dreamers in our own land is to illuminate the inner landscape as well -- Maura Stanton.

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In this powerful collection, James Brock allows us to listen in on a fascinating argument between geography and the imagination. To describe a hugely various country, pulsing with radio talk, and covered with interstate highways, shopping malls, museums, beaches and potato fields, is an ambitious project, but to show us how we become exiles and dreamers in our own land is to illuminate the inner landscape as well.

- Maura Stanton

A quiet lyric grace informs the poems of James Brock, a grace which never fails to console and locate their speaker, even in the midst of his restless odyssey among many American landscapes. The poems speak with a subtle necessity and authority, both as they confront the vagaries of daily living and as they perform their more demanding investigation into the meaning of loss. These are poems that understand, as one of his lines puts it, "the inchoate currents of desire."

- David Wojahn - Roger Mitchell

About the Author:

James Brock, an Idaho native, landed in Florida after serving as an academic Kelly Girl for ten years, having taught at universities in Indiana, Tennessee, Idaho, Pennsylvania, and Miami. nearly Florida is his second book of poetry. His first book was The Sunshine Mine Disaster, published by University of Idaho Press. For his poetry, he has won fellowships from the National Endowment of the Arts, the Alex Haley Foundation, the Tennessee Arts Commission, and the Idaho Commission for the Arts. He now leads the Writing Program at Florida Gulf Coast University in Fort Myers, where he enjoys dance, birding, and film.

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