Read Earthling: Poems Online Free - "Earthling" is one of the oldest words in the English language, our original word for ploughman, a keeper of the earth. In poems simultaneously ordinary and otherworldly, James Longenbach traces the life of a modern-day earthling as he looks squarely at his little patch of earth and at the vast emptiness of interstellar space. Beginning with the death of the earthling’s mother and ending with a confrontation with his own mortality, the poems within Earthling resist complaint or agitation. In them, the real and the imagined, the material and the allegorical, intersect at shifting angles and provide fresh perspectives and lasting consolation.
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December 12, 2017
A book that invites one to share and reflect upon the sentiments of its poetic lines. This a democratic book that wants us to consider our daily lives, our historical lives and asks us who we are, where we have been and where we want to go.
“...when the artist in each of us created/The material...
February 05, 2018
This 2018 volume contains a searching, haunting expression of
how rich and strange it is to be an earthling. This earthling is
a 21st century person trying to assess her time on earth. A spare
and clean use of language at times feels otherworldly. From the
poem "Crocodile": "When the light rests low...
February 10, 2018
This was good- not quite my style, but a worthwhile and very accessible addition to a poetry collection.