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Singing lichens

  • 30 Jan 2019 2:31 PM
    Message # 7138084
    Bruce McCune (Administrator)

    Don Zobel forwarded this to me. Has anyone seen it? The title is intriguing?


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    Lichen Songs: New and Selected Poems
    Pulitzer prize 2018 entrant
    Fifty-one poems reprinted from earlier books. Ten poems published and collected here for the first time, along with 18 new and unpublished poems.

    “…vivid poems of the region, and far beyond. A long-awaited and highly recommended collection.”
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  • 02 Feb 2019 7:48 AM
    Reply # 7142575 on 7138084

    I was curious so I thumbed through it at the local book store. Sadly, it has nothing to do with lichens, and it seems like just a catchy title. The poetry is traditional, some might even say bland. I wonder what lichen songs do sound like? Something for this poet to ponder....

  • 03 Feb 2019 7:50 AM
    Reply # 7144144 on 7138084
    Bruce McCune (Administrator)

    Thanks for the sleuthing, Rebecca! Good to know.

  • 03 Feb 2019 10:39 AM
    Reply # 7144431 on 7138084

    I believe we should take it as a challenge!I KNOW that lichens sing beautiful songs.

  • 03 Feb 2019 11:33 AM
    Reply # 7144501 on 7138084

    I read this book, and while I didn’t find it bland, I didn’t find a lot of joy in there. My guess is that the title is a homage to the resilience, patience, hardiness, and resourcefulness that Venn perceives in lichens, qualities he obviously admired since he venerates them in many poems. The sole poem dedicated to lichens has the line;”Together,[Fungi and Algae] they got the hardest job in the world-eating rocks, making dirt.”

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