Wild Green Light

David Adams Richards, Margo Wheaton,

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ISBN: 9781989725436

Wild Green Light

  Author:   David Adams Richards, Margo Wheaton,  
  Publisher:  Pottersfield Press

Wild Green Light is a collaboration that brings together the poetry of acclaimed author David Adams Richards and award-winning writer Margo Wheaton. Drawing upon a fiercely shared passion for the natural world—as well as a literary friendship that has spanned more than two decades—each of these New Brunswick-born writers pays powerful tribute to a rapidly disappearing rural way of life. Atmospheric and spare, these poems take us into a world of deep woods, abandoned fields, kitchen tables, and back roads.

The book is divided into two sections, representing the unique voice and perspective of each author. Wheaton’s section consists of two elegant lyric poems, as well as a fifteen-part sequence written in a poetic form known as “ghazals.” Sorrowing and precise, the poems in this sequence survey the remains of her working-class childhood home, a once-thriving place, ravaged by family alcoholism and despair. Both celebratory and grieving, these poems grapple intensely with larger issues of working-class poverty, limited choices, and the chaotic legacy of addiction.

The book’s opening section gathers together twenty lyric poems by Richards, each one steeped in his own direct, visceral experience of his beloved Miramichi. Bold, plain-spoken, and elegiac, these deeply felt poems explore the grand terrain of love and loss and are marked with the same purposefulness, acuity, and compassion that appear in Richards’ fiction.

Alike and different, these two writers share a devotion to the physical landscapes of New Brunswick and call us to fiercely cherish the beauty of rural life and experience.

Details and Specs
ISBN associated with this title: 9781989725436
Item PC0325
PublisherPottersfield Press
PublisherPottersfield Press
Published on March 31 2021
Language eng
Pages 76
Format Paperback
Dimensions8.5(in) x 5.5(in)
Shipping weight0(g)
Status NOT YET PUBLISHED
David Adams Richards is an award-winning novelist, screenwriter, essayist, and poet, whose commitment to the Miramichi River valley and his province is reflected in his writing. Margo Wheaton is a New Brunswick-born poet now living in Halifax. She is the author of The Unlit Path Behind the House, which won the Canadian Authors' Association Award.

Margo Wheaton is a New Brunswick-born poet now living in Halifax. She is the author of The Unlit Path Behind the House, which won the Canadian Authors' Association Award.