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May 27, 2014

An Evening with ROBERT MICHAEL PYLE :: 5 June 2014

Lost Horse Press and the Sandpoint Library are pleased to present An Evening with ROBERT MICHAEL PYLE, who will be introducing his new collection of poems released recently by Lost Horse Press, Evolution of the Genus Iris. The reading and book signing will take place on Thursday, 5 June 2014 at 7 pm in the Rude Girls Room of the Sandpoint Library. Admission is free and all are welcome to attend.


Robert Michael Pyle writes essay, poetry, and fiction from an old Swedish farmstead along a tributary of the Lower Columbia River in southwestern Washington. His eighteen books include Wintergreen and The Tangled Bank. A Guggenheim Fellow, he has received the John Burroughs Medal and several other writing awards. Pyle’s poems have appeared in magazines including the North American Review, and in a chapbook, Letting the Flies Out. Evolution of the Genus Iris is his first full-length book of poems.


Robert Michael Pyle’s poems respond to details, events, and emanations from the real, physical world and its species: humans and all the rest. The poems are based on or drawn from personal experiences and perceptions, mostly out-of-doors, and will appeal to the intelligent general reader, lovers of land and literature, fans of a good poem and a good story, and naturalists—which means anyone interested in the world and its occupants beyond themselves and their immediate self-concern.

“Robert Michael Pyle’s voice is an essential element in the culture of our literary and scientific community. His deep knowledge of the ecology of the earth and the life patterns of a wide variety of living forms, his careful attention to detail, his passion and energy and commitment to humanity that appear in his past work are present in abundance throughout the poetry in Evolution of the Genus Iris. We are fortunate readers indeed to have this new book and its poems abroad in the world.”

 —Pattiann Rogers


“How wonderful to have one of our best lepidopterists and nature writers turn assuredly to poetry. Robert Michael Pyle has a scientist’s precise eye, the earthy experience of a field biologist, the vast knowledge and lexicon of a scholar, and the sensibility and wisdom of a very fine poet. We feel an immediate intimacy with the plants and animals he recreates. Pyle loves the living world—as savage as it is—and in poem after wonderful poem he offers the natural promise of beauty and renewal. I felt enlightened and healed by this book.”

 —Henry Hughes


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