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Breaking Ground
Breaking Ground
by Paul Hunter
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Breaking Ground
by Paul Hunter
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2005 Washington State Book Award Recipient

"'The poetry of earth is ceasing never' wrote Keats. Well, maybe, but sometimes we feel it slipping away, into "condos and factory outlets / over good prime bottom land," as Paul Hunter says in these poems that eloquently evoke the smell and feel of earth. Part georgics, part elegies, they bear vivid witness to an agrarian vision that is slowly becoming history." -- John Ashbery

Paul Hunter has been a poet, teacher, performer, musician, instrument-maker, artist, editor and publisher. For the past eight years he has produced letterpress books under the imprint of Word Works. His poems have appeared in Beloit Poetry Journal, Poetry, Iowa Review, Poetry Northwest and Bloomsbury Review, as well as in two full-length books and several chapbooks.

From John Greenleaf Whittier and James Russell Lowell to Robert Frost and Wendell Berry, every generation or two it seems a poet has to redefine our shifting relationship to the land. "Over the river and through the woods," Americans retain their comfortable myths about farming, and their agrarian roots, though for better or worse most are now several generations removed from the rural life. This book reaches back to 19th century practices and values, and by the end leaps ahead to the agribusiness and suburban sprawl of the 21st century. We are all in there somewhere, in how we value versatility and hearken to the mystery of growth, how we both shun and are drawn to the backbreaking labor and long contemplative silences of working on the land - how we stand apart, tilling our thoughts.