The Road Washes Out in Spring
A Poet's Memoir of Living Off the Grid
By (author) Baron Wormser
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Road Washes Out in Spring by Baron Wormser
Book DescriptionFor nearly twenty-five years, poet Baron Wormser and his family lived in a house in Maine with no electricity or running water. They grew much of their own food, carried water by hand, and read by the light of kerosene lamps. They considered themselves part of the "back to the land" movement, but their choice to live off the grid was neither statement nor protest: they simply had built their house too far from the road and could not afford to bring in power lines. Over the years, they settled in to a life that centered on what Thoreau called "the essential facts." In this graceful meditation, Wormser similarly spurns ideology in favor of observation, exploration, and reflection."When we look for one thread of motive," he writes, "we are, in all likelihood, deceiving ourselves." His refusal to be satisfied with the obvious explanation, the single thread of motive, makes him a keen and sympathetic observer of his neighbors and community, a perceptive reader of poetry and literature, and an honest and unselfconscious analyst of his own responses to the natural world. The result is a series of candid personal essays on community and isolation, nature, civilization, and poetry.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9781584657040
(229mm x 152mm x 14mm)
Imprint: University Press of New England
Publisher: University Press of New England
Publish Date: 30-Apr-2008
Country of Publication: United States
Books By Author Baron Wormser
Unidentified Sighing Objects, Paperback (October 2015)
The focus of Baron Wormser's poetry over more than three decades has been the human drama of our trying to shape what is misshapen. In this, his tenth collection, he takes on a dizzying range of subjects from Diane Arbus to playground basketball to the fall of the Berlin Wall to Prospero to a suicide inquest.
Teaching the Art of Poetry, Paperback (December 1999)» View all books by Baron Wormser
This work lays down guidelines for the teaching of poetry. It covers topics such as rhythm, sound, syntax, grammar, word choice, metaphor, tone and lyric.
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Author Biography - Baron Wormser
BARON WORMSER was Poet Laureate of Maine from 2000 to 2005. He is the author of seven books of poetry, most recently Scattered Chapters: New and Selected Poems (May, 2008), and the co-author of two books about teaching poetry. He directs the Frost Place Conference on Poetry and Teaching and the Frost Place Seminar, and he is on the faculty of the Stonecoast MFA program. He now lives with his wife in Vermont.
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