In Search of Small Gods (Hardcover)
Spring 2009 Poetry List
“In Search of Small Gods, by Jim Harrison, is his twelfth book of poetry -- and my favorite so far. This collection exhibits a fine sense of humor along with a sharp awareness of the tragic human condition. The poems contain fish, birds, death, peonies, many beloved dogs, a book of poems by Su Tung-po's, various wacky speculations, a few regrets and tall tales that wander off into strange dreams. Harrison skillfully calls all this to our attention, along with the landscapes of Michigan, Montana and the Arizona/Mexico border country. The world and all these things shine through this book.”
— Karl Pohrt, Shaman Drum Bookshop, Ann Arbor, MI
Jim Harrison has probed the breadth of human appetites for food and drink, for art, for sex, for violence and, most significantly, for the great twin engines of love and death. Perhaps no American writer better appreciates those myriad drives; since the publication of his first collection of poetry . . . Harrison has become their poet laureate. Salon.com
In Jim Harrison's new book of poems, birds and humans converse, biographies are fluid, and unknown gods flutter just out of sight. In terrains real and imagined from remote canyons and anonymous thickets in the American West to secret basements in World War II Europe Harrison calls his readers to live fully in a world where Death steals everything except our stories. "In Search of Small Gods" is an urgent and imaginative book one filled with the spore of the gods.
"Maybe the problem is that I got involved with the wrong crowd of gods when I was seven. At first they weren t harmful and only showed themselves as fish, birds, especially herons and loons, turtles, a bobcat and a small bear, but not deer and rabbits who only offered themselves as food. And maybe I spent too much time inside the water of lakes and rivers. Underwater seemed like the safest church I could go to . . ."
Jim Harrison is the author of thirty books of poetry, fiction, and nonfiction, including "Legends of the Fall" and "Shape of the Journey." A long-time resident of Michigan, he now lives in Montana and Arizona.
About the Author
Jim Harrison is the author of thirty books, including Legends of the Fall, Dalva, and Shape of the Journey. His work has been translated into two dozen languages and produced as four feature-length films. In 2007, Mr. Harrison was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Letters. He divides his time between Montana and southern Arizona.