[05/11/2021] Gone to Earth: Early and Uncollected Poems 1963-1976 by Eleanor Wilner

[05/11/2021] Gone to Earth: Early and Uncollected Poems 1963-1976 by Eleanor Wilner

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Crooked Hearts Press, paperback

Publication Date: May 11, 2021

Publisher Marketing: GONE TO EARTH brings to light, late in the long, distinguished career of poet Eleanor Wilner, her early uncollected poems--an unveiling of the first stages of a vital, imaginative process, in whose evocative, imagistic landscapes is enacted a drama of emergence from entrapment. In the often-painful drama of new birth, from the deadly strictures and oppressions of the older social forms, come the living forces undermining them--new life seeded out of a decaying order: "a wet nose / breaks the earth, and sniffs the river air." Written during the poet's immersion in the civil rights movement and the protests against the Vietnam War, an inner liberating struggle is tuned to a collective channel where communal memory and vision are undergoing transformation.