The Gaian Odes

The Gaian Odes

by Howard W. Robertson, Margaret E. Robertson

Winner of the 2009 Sinclair Poetry Prize The Gaian Odes
by Howard W. Robertson

“Robertson   really   captures   the pacing   and   might   of geological  landscapes  in  his  poems.   You 

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Winner of the 2009 Sinclair Poetry Prize The Gaian Odes
by Howard W. Robertson

“Robertson   really   captures   the pacing   and   might   of geological  landscapes  in  his  poems.   You  could  call  it  a glacier of words.”  ~Van Diep, Jack Straw Productions

“Howard  W.  Robertson  is  an  Oregon  poet  whose  unique style  of  streaming  periodicity,  combined  with  his  wide-ranging intellect, elevates his visionary poetry to a different plane  of  experience  than  the  average  contemporary  poet reaches.”   ~Powell’s Books

 “Howard   W.   Robertson’s   poetry   connects   me   to   the
universe.  His  poems  are  like  the  viewfinder  of  a  camera where  the  focus  moves  from  the  specific  to  the  cosmic  and back.  His  words  evoke  an  organic  undulation  along  the threads  that  join  us  multidimensionally  through  time  and space,  interpersonally  and  ecologically.  Robertson's  poems breathe with the cosmos, exhaling the beauty of daily life.”   ~Tamara Pinkas, Lane Community College 

This is one of the most original and powerful books of poetry you can find: a series of independent, inter-related, flowing expressions of ways of seeing the world and all life in it that makes existence an experience of a fantastic  reality—not a fantasy but a reality that is more like—in Thoreau's words—"an Arabian Nights Entertainment" than we think.  Howard Robertson offers here a mastery of language and vision that's rare in literature at all times but, gratefully, present for us now.
Evening Street Press is proud to publish The Gaian Odes, the first winner of its Sinclair Poetry Prize. Gordon Grigsby, Editor

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Meet the Author

Howard W. Robertson is a poet and fiction writer who lives in Eugene, Oregon.  He has published a short novel:Peculiar Pioneer (Publication Studio, 2013); and nine books of poems: Odes to the Ki of the Universe, 2nd rev. ed. (Publication Studio, 2013); Ode to Certain Interstates (Publication Studio, 2013); The Green Force of Spring (Publication Studio, 2013); Odes to the Ki of the Universe (Publication Studio, 2012); Two Odes of Quiddity and Nil (Publication Studio, 2010); The Gaian Odes (Evening Street Press, 2009); The Bricolage of Kotegaeshi (Backwaters Press, 2007); Ode to certain interstates and Other Poems (Clear Cut Press, 2003); andto the fierce guard in the Assyrian Saloon (Ahsahta Press, 1987).  He was the 2010 Henry Art Gallery Poet-in-Residence and the winner of the 2009 Sinclair Poetry Prize, the 2007 Jack Straw Author Award, the 2006 Elizabeth R. Curry Prize for Poetry, and the 2003 Robinson Jeffers Prize for Poetry.  His poems have been published in many literary journals, including most recently in Yellow Medicine ReviewSnow MonkeySLAB,Square Lake, Hipfish, Nest, Literal LattéNimrodFireweed, and Ergo.  His poetry has been anthologized inLiteral Latté: The Anthology (iUniverse, 2008), Where We Live Now (2008); the Jack Straw Writers Anthology (Jack Straw Productions, 2007); The Clear Cut Future (Clear Cut Press, 2003); The Emily Dickinson Awards Anthology (Universities West Press, 2002); and the Ahsahta Anthology: Poetry of the American West (Ahsahta Press, 1996).  He has been among the winners of various other poetry and fiction awards, including the Bumbershoot Award, the Emily Dickinson Award, the Robert Frost Foundation Award, the Grassic Short Novel Prize, the Intown Award, the Literal Latté Award, the Pablo Neruda Award, and the Pacifica Award. 

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