Trophic Cascade

October 31, 2020
Trophic Cascade

Winner of the Colorado Book Award in Poetry(2018)In this fourth book in a series of award-winning survivalnarratives, Dungy writes positioned at a fulcrum, bringing a newlife into the world even as her elders are passing on. In a time ofmassive environmental degradation, violence and abuse of power, aworld in which we all must survive, these poems resonate within andbeyond the scope of the human realms, delicately balancing betweenconflicting loci of attention. Dwelling between vibrancy and itsopposite, Dungy writes in a single poem about a mother, a daughter,Smokin' Joe Frazier, brittle stars, giant boulders, and a dead bluewhale. These poems are written in the face of despair to hold animpossible love and a commitment to hope. A readers companion willbe availabe at wesleyan.edu/wespress/readerscompanions.