My pick this time around is an older book. The Meadow by the poet James Galvin was recommended to me by another great poet, Rick Barot. We were discussing nonfiction and I threw into the discussion Blues for Cannibals: The Notes from Underground by Charles Bowden. Rick responded with The Meadow, a meditative masterpiece on the history of a piece of land on the Wyoming-Colorado border and the people who occupy it.
This work of nonfiction is less aggressive than Bowden’s Blues. It is a book that begs you to take your time—the writing is so beautiful that you wish you could sit with each section (they’re not quite chapters) for days at a time. But those sections are short and my interest level was too high to not move quickly through this book. Sometimes there’s nothing better than nonfiction in a poet’s hands.
Bio: David Doody is Guernica’s “blog”:http://www.guernicamag.com/blog/ editor and a founding editor of InDigest Magazine. Read his last recommendation “here”:http://www.guernicamag.com/blog/1108/staff_pick_david_doody/.