Every Species of Hope: Georgics, Haiku, and Other Poems

Every Species of Hope: Georgics, Haiku, and Other Poems

by Michael J. Rosen


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In his first book of poetry in twenty years, Michael J. Rosen captures life in the foothills of the Appalachians. Every Species of Hope: Georgics, Haiku, and Other Poems uses a variety of poetic forms, as well as Rosen’s own pen-and-ink drawings, to give voice to the predicaments of living among other creatures who share a plot of land we think we claim as home. The poems are an attempt at homeostasis: that balancing act every creature works at every hour of every day—a way of living peacefully, expending the right energy in the most productive ways, avoiding or deflecting trouble, gravitating toward sources of fulfillment and contentment.
At the center of this book is a suite of poems inspired by Virgil’s Georgics, or “poems of pastoral instruction.” In Rosen’s case, he is more the student than the teacher. Likewise, five short sections of haiku continue his meditation on—or mediation of—art and nature. As he has written, “Haiku provides a brief and mirror-like calm in the choppy waters—in the undertow—of current events: a stillness in time where more than our singular lives can be reflected.”
Illustrated with two dozen pages from the author’s own journal, Every Species of Hope is the consummation of decades of observation, humility, and awe. 

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780814254363
Publisher: Ohio State University Press
Publication date: 09/19/2017
Series: Trillium Books Series
Edition description: 1
Pages: 144
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

An award-winning poet, Michael J. Rosen has produced more than 135 collections for people of all ages over his forty-year career.

Table of Contents

On Longevity 1

I Laws of Nature

Fledglings 5

A Knock Upon the Senses 6

Totem 8

"White-Tailed Deer, Winter 10

The Skies in Our Heads 11

Blind 12

Haiku, Winter 13


On Celebrations 19

On Varmints 20

On Blood 22

On Still Reflections 24

On the Invisible 26

On Making a Difference 27

On Black Raspberries 30

On Spinning 32

On Brooding 34

On Japanese Beetles 35

On Apples 37

On Poison Ivy 39

On Soybeans 40

On Firewood 41

On Tree Sounds 42

On Living Fences 44

On Snow 46

On Subdivisions 47

On Your Nature 49

On Grass 51

On Shooting Stars 53

On a Redwood 56

Haiku, Spring 59

II Laws Other Than Nature's

Haiku, Summer 65

At Present 68

A Friend Phones to Say My Footprints Have Melted 70

For the ever-oprimistic 72

Morel Season 73

Passers-by 75

Memory, Like Ice 77

On Hearing That, 2,000 Miles Away, Your Friend's Dog Has Just Run Off 79

Sighting 82

Haiku, Autumn 83

Once Upon a Trail 87

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