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ISBN-10: 1597145297
ISBN-13: 9781597145299
Publisher: Heyday Books
Publish Date: 04/13/2021
Dimensions: 9.10" L, 6.20" W, 1.00" H

Why to These Rocks: 50 Years of Poems from the Community of Writers

Foreword by: Robert Hass

Hardcover

Price: $28.00

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Fifty years of poems from the Community of Writers’ poetry workshop

The Community of Writers (formerly Community of Writers at Squaw Valley) celebrates fifty years of its annual summer poetry workshop in Olympic Valley, California, with this collection of one hundred and forty poems first composed there. Edited by writers workshop codirector Lisa Alvarez and introduced by longtime poetry director Robert Hass, the book is divided into three sections: poems that evoke the Valley’s physical setting, with its granite-and-pine mountain beauty; poems that peer into the poetic process, filled with inspiration and idiosyncrasy; and poems of all shapes and kinds that owe their origins to the workshop and its productive morning review sessions. Contributors include both workshop staff and participants, among them Lucille Clifton, Sharon Olds, Al Young, Matthew Zapruder, Harryette Mullen, Galway Kinnell, Rita Dove, Cornelius Eady, Robert Hass, and Forrest Gander.

The title of the collection comes from a question posed by original poetry director Galway Kinnell: “Then why to these rocks / Do I keep coming back why.” It speaks to the special community nurtured in this stunning setting, one that has inspired poets worldwide–many of whom developed significant bodies of award-winning work in its creative and generative atmosphere.

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"The literary legacy of the Community of Writers spreads far and wide in contemporary American poetry, it makes change, meaningfully, in the lives and careers of writers."–Evie Shockley

"These exhilarating poems are inspired by the beauty of the place and the freedom of being set loose in your own head. Also the freedom of being released from your own head, if out of your head is where you need to go."–San Diego Tribune

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ISBN-10: 1597145297
ISBN-13: 9781597145299
Publisher: Heyday Books
Publish Date: 04/13/2021
Dimensions: 9.10" L, 6.20" W, 1.00" H
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