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Nine Acres

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ISBN-10: 0983300801

ISBN-13: 9780983300809

Edition: 2011

Authors: Nathaniel Perry, Marie Howe

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Selected by Marie Howe from over one thousand submissions,Nine Acresis the winner of theAmerican Poetry Review/APR Honickman First Book Prize. Taking their titles from chapters of a 1930s small-scale farming handbook, the fifty-two poems in this cycle create a handbook for living and explore sustainability on many levels—on the land, in the family, and in the spirit.As Marie Howe writes in her introduction to the book, "Nathanial Perry has collected poems into this book as one plants a field, as an act of husbandry: each line a furrow where seeds flourish or fail. Husbandry—to create a dwelling place and to care for it—these are the ancient acts.""Soil Surface Management"I spent the afternoon breakingground. The tiller bucked and groanedat the job, but with each pass I sawa perfect blankness, like I'd been loaneda second life in which to growa third. The sun sat on its porchand smiled. I wondered if the dirtwould be enough, a kind of torchto set inside our lives to say,we'll grow our food like this, our planswill look like this —like soil squaredand measured into beds by a mansweating through his shirt with effort.In dirt is one life we can chooseto make. I spent the afternoonbreaking what I knew we'd use.Nathaniel Perrylives with his family in rural southside Virginia. He is the editor of theHampden-Sydney Poetry Reviewand teaches at Hampden-Sydney College.
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Book details

List price: $14.00
Copyright year: 2011
Publisher: American Poetry Review, The
Publication date: 10/25/2011
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 96
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 0.484
Language: English

Marie Howe is the author of The Good Thief, What the Living Do, and The Kingdom of Ordinary Time. She teaches at Sarah Lawrence College and lives in New York City.