In Search of Small Gods

In Search of Small Gods

by Jim Harrison

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“Jim Harrison has probed the breadth of human appetites--for food and drink, for art, for sex, for violence and, most significantly, for the great twin engines of love and death. Perhaps no American writer better appreciates those myriad drives; since the publication of his first collection of poetry . . . Harrison has become their poet laureate.”

In Jim Harrison’s new book of poems, birds and humans converse, biographies 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 his readers to live fully in a world where “Death steals everything except our stories.” In Search of Small Gods is an urgent and imaginative book--one filled with “the spore of the gods.”

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 the author of thirty books of poetry, fiction, and nonfiction, including Legends of the Fall and Shape of the Journey. A long-time resident of Michigan, he now lives in Montana and Arizona.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781619320895
Publisher: Copper Canyon Press
Publication date: 12/28/2012
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 120
Sales rank: 595,935
File size: 837 KB

About the Author

Jim Harrison is the author of thirty books, including Legends of the Fall, Dalva, and Shape of the Journey. His work has been translated into two dozen languages and produced as four feature-length films. In 2007, Mr. Harrison was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Letters. 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.