In Search of Small Gods

In Search of Small Gods

by Jim Harrison


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"Funny and tender beneath a wry and gruff seen-it-all veneer, Harrison contemplates death, discerns divinity in every stone and leaf, and nobility in ordinary lives, and laughs at our attempts to separate ourselves from the rest of nature."—Booklist

"His poems succeed on the basis of an open heart and a still-ravenous appetite for life."—The Texas Observer

Now in paperback, Jim Harrison's best-selling poetry book In Search of Small Gods is where birds and humans converse, autobiographies are fluid, and unknown gods flutter just out of sight. In terrains real and imagined—from remote canyons and anonymous thickets in the American West to secret basements in World War II Europe—Harrison calls upon readers to live fully in a world where "Death steals everything except our stories."

Maybe the problem is that I got involved with the wrong crowd of
gods when I was seven. At first they weren't harmful and only showed
themselves as fish, birds, especially herons and loons, turtles, a bobcat
and a small bear, but not deer and rabbits who only offered themselves
as food. And maybe I spent too much time inside the water of
lakes and rivers. Underwater seemed like the safest church I could
go to . . .

Jim Harrison is one of America's most versatile and celebrated writers. He is the author of over thirty books of poetry, fiction, and nonfiction, including Legends of the Fall and Dalva. His work has been translated into two dozen languages. He lives in Arizona and Montana.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781556593192
Publisher: Copper Canyon Press
Publication date: 09/01/2010
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 104
Sales rank: 266,017
Product dimensions: 6.42(w) x 11.06(h) x 0.34(d)

About the Author

Jim Harrison: Jim Harrison, one of America’s most versatile and celebrated writers, is the author of thirty books of poetry, fiction, and nonfiction—including Legends of the Fall, the acclaimed trilogy of novellas, and The Shape of the Journey: New and Collected Poems. His books have been translated into two dozen languages, and in 2007 he was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Letters. With a fondness for open space and anonymous thickets, he divides his time between Montana and southern Arizona.

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In Search of Small Gods 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
JBreedlove on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The first book of poems (and short essays) by Jim Harrison. He's moved from Michigan to Montana but still as off hand and insightful. The book is more focused on time, being old, and death. He is fatalistic but it is an elegant fatalism. Looking forward to his other books of poetry.
poetontheone on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The poems in Jim Harrison's In Search of Small Gods contains a modest lechery and reflective cynicism that might resonate with readers of Bukowski or Tanizaki, but even moreso Harrison's poetry is rooted in his natural environment. We hear frequent mention of birds, dogs, insects, fish, and all manner of small gods. They are symbols that hold a subterranean meaning, often thunderous, that Harrison invokes in his inquiries and reflections on memory, mortality, and being-in-the world.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is another great collection by Harrison. His style continues to evolve; this is possibly more contemplative.