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Quickening Fields by Pattiann Rogers
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Jun 06, 2017 | ISBN 9780143131328

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“With this harmonious and lyrical confluence of science, sex, nature, and myth, poet and essayist Rogers fills a distinctive void in modern writing. These poems fill a primordial urge of verse:  to express awe at the world.  Lines ring with an exuberant sense of wonderment . . . Rogers’s poems flourish as essential experiences of wonder, as prayers.”
Publishers Weekly

“Rogers’s language can be crisp and specific or languid and luxurious. . . What readers will know throughout these poems is how deeply [she] sees, how humanely she views the world above, below, and the spaces that reside between her.”
–Library Journal

“Pattiann Rogers, one of our major American poets, gifts her readers with new poems interwoven with a selection of poems previously uncollected. What I have always found delicious and paradoxical in Roger’s writing is the oceanic grace with which she moves from the micro to the macro world. Whether reading about the genesis of a woodland snail at twilight or the primitive peace of the universe, one enters a cosmology as complex and sparkling as the galaxies that hold our ordinary human lives.”  
– Sandra Alcosser, author of Except by Nature
“No one better expresses the sensory world–its sublimity, and the flood of the tactile that so stirs us—than Pattiann Rogers. She is a virtuoso of exactitude, celebrating both the fabric of nature and its spiritual evocations. Her open-eyed love of the physical, indoors and out, is catching.”
– Marvin Bell
“When I was 25, I read a Pattiann Rogers poem. There was something in the poem where she breaks the fourth wall, as it were, and speaks directly to the reader. And that irreverence thrilled me when she started speaking to me — like the hand reaching out of a poem. That was the initial high. I saw that here was a space where I could act out and explore creatively, and it was socially acceptable. This is the feeling I’m always trying to get back to.”
– Gregory Pardlo, author of Digest, winner of the Pulitzer Prize

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