We are pleased to be bringing books to a reading and Q&A session with local poet, essayist, and novelist Sydney Lea at the Howe Library.
Sydney Lea, Vermont Poet Laureate 2011 - 2015, has published numerous books in multiple genres, among them Pursuit of a Wound, a finalist for the 2001 Pulitzer Prize for Poetry. He has published five books of poetry, the most recent being No Doubt the Nameless (2016), and founded the New England Review in 1977. Active in conservation, he has written several books on the natural world and hunting. Lea has taught at Yale, Dartmouth, Middlebury and Wesleyan. He is also one of the editors of the new anthology Roads Taken: Contemporary Vermont Poetry (2017). He lives with his family in Vermont.
With its mystical landscape and fiercely self-reliant citizenry, Vermont has inspired poets from its earliest days. This anthology of contemporary Vermont poets represents a wide range of accomplished voices―both young and old, both renowned and relatively unestablished. Their poems reverberate with what W.H. Auden called "memorable speech" in a wide variety of forms and subjects.
No Doubt the Nameless delves the depths of elegy, yet moves at last into a positive reading of the human situation. Here are familiar rural characters, whose sturdiness and joy figure as strongly into Lea's narratives, both overt and implied, as do their trials and misfortunes.
A North Country Life is the story of author Sydney Lea's powerful connection to his family, friends, and the northern outdoors.
It's been said about Lea that "this extraordinary poet finds an elegance and beauty that can be glimpsed throughout his often harsh landscape." This new collection evidences that skill. Here the natural world coexists with the poet's boundless intellect.