In The Sierra: Mountain Writings has now been released! A work of love by Kim Stanley Robinson, this is a collection of Sierra-themed poems by Kenneth Rexroth, edited by Robinson, with his introduction and notes. The beautiful cover is by illustrator Tom Killion; the book also includes a 'Rexroth's Sierra' map designed by Robinson and drawn by Killion.
Over the course of his life, Kenneth Rexroth wrote about the Sierra Nevada better than anyone. Progressive in terms of environmental ethics and comparable to the writings of Emerson, Thoreau, Aldo Leopard, Annie Dillard, and Gary Snyder, Rexroth's poetry and prose described the way Californians have always experienced and loved the High Sierra. Contained in this marvelous collection are transcendent nature poems, as well as prose selections from his memoir An Autobiographical Novel, newspaper columns, published and unpublished WPA guidebooks, and correspondence. Famed science-fiction writer Kim Stanley Robinson has compiled a gift for lovers of mountains and poetry both. This volume also contains Robinson's introduction and notes, photographs of Rexroth, a map of Rexroth's travels, and an amazing astronomical analysis of Rexroth's poems by the fiction writer Carter Scholz.
The release is by prestigious publishing house New Directions.
Two events have been planned so far related to this new release, of course in California.
Kenneth Rexroth Celebration at Book Passage in Corte Madera
May 6, 7 pm
51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, California, 94925
A Celebration of Kenneth Rexroth’s Mountain Writings at City Lights Bookstore
May 15, 7 pm
City Lights Bookstore
261 Columbus Avenue at Broadway
San Francisco, CA 94133