[UCP Books]: Raptor



Andrew Feld

Publication Date: April 16, 2012 Cloth • $18.00 • £11.50
UK Publication Date: April 23, 2012 978-0-226-24039-8

“The precision of Feld’s language, the music of his lines, and his deep attention to what is firmly grounds these poems in the actual, while simultaneously grieving—and raging, and refusing—as we let it slip away. Raptor is an awe-inspiring collection.”
Nick Flynn, author of The Ticking Is the Bomb
Raptor is a strange, haunting book of fiercely beautiful poems that seethe and burn with a sacred rage. Its obsessive concern is the natural world, a wildness of hawks, eagles, falcons, and kestrels that our society brutalizes with superb indifference—and the wilderness within us that is affronted and abused by a society that has no use for it. Though his images are often violent and disturbing, Feld’s impeccable formal control, a match for his own edginess and fury, provides a deep delight. I read these poems at one sitting, and have returned again and again, always discovering new wonders. These are poems with claws. A must-read.”
Susan Mitchell, Florida Atlantic University
“With Raptor, Andrew Feld joins the very small group of writers who have written movingly and intimately about birds of prey. Like J. A. Baker in his classic memoir, The Peregrine, Feld has known, firsthand, the birds’ ‘deep rooted abhorrence of the human face’ and remained undaunted. These beings, whose sight and hearing are so far superior to ours, whose lives, despite the uses to which we have put them, traverse our lives with utter indifference, nevertheless in turn require human beings for one purpose—to provide them with speech and song.”
Susan Stewart, Princeton University
Andrew Feld is assistant professor in the Department of English at the University of Washington and editor in chief of the Seattle Review.
Please contact Micah Fehrenbacher at (773) 702-7717 or micahf@uchicago.edu for more information.



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