Poetry. "Donald Wellman proposes THE CRANBERRY ISLAND SERIES as a work of 'autoethnography,' incorporating poetry, translation, autobiography, family history, and geography—all focused on the Cranberry Islands in the Gulf of Maine. Like a hardy tree stretching its roots into crannies of wind-swept stone, Wellman burrows into people and places of his locale and their effects upon his own life. The interweaving of his long family history—both its European and Native American strands—with the actual landscape of the islands and the waters around them produces a complex, compelling work that extends the method of Charles Olson's Maximus Poems. Wellman's insistence on the virtues of hybridity, impurity, and the vernacular contributes to the creation of a resilient template for the emergent identities of the twenty-first century."—Stephen Fredman
|Publisher:||Dos Madres Press|
|Product dimensions:||6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.40(d)|
About the Author
Donald Wellman lives in Weare, New Hampshire. His books of poetry include FIELDS (Light and Dust, 1995), PROLOG PAGES: (Ahadada Books, 2009), A NORTH ATLANTIC WALL (Dos Madres Press, 2010), and THE CRANBERRY ISLAND SERIES (Dos Madres Press, 2012). For may years, he edited O.ARS, a series of annual anthologies exploring concepts bearing on postmodern poetics. He has translated from several languages, most recently Gravestones/Lápidas from the Spanish of Anthony Gamoneda (University of New Orleans Press, 2009). His prose includes essays on American modernist poets (Ezra Pound, William Carlos Williams, Charles Olson). He has also written on the transnational poetries and the visual arts of the Caribbean and Latin America.