The people and landscape of northwest Maine, northern N...)
The people and landscape of northwest Maine, northern New Mexico, southeast Alaska, and the Connecticut River Valley are explored in this book of poetry. Celebrating what little is left of the wild, these poems honor the way people struggle and survive in small towns that are close to the enduring danger and magnificence of nature. Filled with a variety of people, including machinists, loggers, ranchers, conservationists, and all these poems exemplify the individual struggle for dignity and value when set against, and radiated through, nature's most dramatic and beautiful scenery.
("These are poems that reach as slowly and as surely towar...)
"These are poems that reach as slowly and as surely toward the heart of earth as the roots of an old cedar. The language is often clear and numinous and among our most memorable writing. I have seldom been as touched by the sincerity and quiet certainty of a collection of poems as I am by this." – Joseph Bruchac “The book is one of the most beautiful, unified, and realized that I have read....I can only say that the Tree Psalms are more than a triumph. They are a perfect prayer. May they be read and said – and answered.” – Susan Kinsolving “Like the men and women of the great native American cultures that endured for thousands of years, Hugh Ogden has walked through the natural world, listening to it speak, himself like our ancestors leaving no trace but passing on to us these passionate translations of the many dialects of its one grand language. The book is a monument to man's perduring skill, faith and love.” – F. D. Reeve
Hugh Ogden, American English literature educator, poet. National Education Association Poetry fellow 1993, UCross residency fellow UCross Foundation, 1994, MacDowell residency fellow MacDowell Colony, 1995; poetry grantee Connecticut Commision on Arts, 1990. Secretary Glastonbury (Connecticut) Land Heritage Coalition, 1990-1994.
Ogden, Hugh was born on March 11, 1937 in Erie, Pennsylvania, United States. Son of Harold S. and Ethel (Yokes) Ogden.
Bachelor, Haverford College, 1959;Master of Arts, New York University, 1961;Doctor of Philosophy, University of Michigan, 1967.
Ogden was a 1959 graduate of Haverford College. He taught at Michigan and then for four decades at Trinity College in Hartford. While at Trinity, Ogden co-founded the College’s creative writing program in 1968.
Ogden died on December 31, 2006, after falling through the ice on Rangeley Lake in Oquossoc, Maine.
The Pushcart Prize is an American literary priz...The Pushcart Prize is an American literary prize by Pushcart Press that honors the best 'poetry, short fiction, essays or literary whatnot' published in the small presses over the previous year.