Book of Dirt

Book of Dirt

by Gretchen Heffernan


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A particle of dirt transforms into a pearl with the ability to seed an entirely new planet. What happens when a clairvoyant, a mutant poet and a shape-shifter discover its power? And how do they stop an evil prophet from planting it first?

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780953408054
Publisher: Blurb
Publication date: 11/16/2015
Pages: 256
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.58(d)

About the Author

Gretchen Heffernan is a poet, novelist and publisher. She co-founded Backlash Press and has published in journals such as Agni and Brittle Star. She is the author of The Book of Dirt and, forthcoming, The Book of Insects and The Carving Circle, a noir title about American racism, obsession and art. She has a degree in Creative Writing and Modern Poetry from Vermont College. She has completed two Faber Academy writing programs and has been involved with The Poetry School in London.

Read an Excerpt

For what shall it profit a man, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul?

Mark 8:36

Once there was a speck of dirt caught inside a universal drift that travelled through great vats of blackness, flamboyant gases and elemental showers without thought or aim. And whenever the dirt floated over the planet that spun like a perfect marble, it felt a gentle pull towards the swells of blue, soft and serious as a whispered promise, which made the dirt stir. Otherwise it felt nothing and this pattern continued for eons. Then a star exploded and a storm of light with fierce lassoes struck the dirt through the Earth

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