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Where We Arrive
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MOUNTAIN & FLOWER: Selected Poems of Mykola Vorobiov  •  Translated from the Ukrainian by Maria G. Rewakowicz
CARBON: SONG OF CRAFTS
Where We Arrive  
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  Thomas Mitchell

ISBN 978-1-7333400-8-3
$18 / $21 (Canada)
5.5 x 8.5
92 pp
Pub Date: April 2021
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Thomas Mitchell is a poet whose listening matters more than most people’s hearing, whose looking reveals more than what most of us can see. To read him is to cock an ear toward water, or wind, and to grasp something otherwise inexpressible. In these poems, “the small sound of rain in retreat” may be magically transformed to trees’ low limbs “like women braiding their hair.” In this way, Mitchell takes you places you have no idea you’re ready, and glad, to go.

—Robert Wrigley, author of Box and Anatomy of Melancholy

Mitchell shows us in these hard earned poems that, in the face of aging, despair, and loss, and in a time when our whole existence has been turned upside down by a microscopic organism, we can still find moments of grace and harmony. His poems bear witness to that struggle—our struggle too—and transport us to those “spots of time” in which (as Wordsworth tells us in The Preludes, ”our minds / Are nourished and invisibly repaired. . . .”

—Don Schofield, author of In Lands Imagination Favors

Thomas Mitchell is a shrewd and trusted observer of the natural world. In this third book, Where We Arrive, Mitchell listens to “the counsel of water” and moves “from one silence to another.” And as such, he spies “a red-tailed hawk drifting in absolute loneliness.” More often than not, Mitchell is a poet of intimate feelings. He remarks time and again upon various stars and moons, towhees and starlings. His poetry is a poetry bent on reimagining the world.

—Thomas Aslin, author of Salvage and A Moon Over Wings

About the Author

Thomas Mitchell

TMitchell_Photo Thomas Mitchell is the author of two previous books of poetry, The Way Summer Ends and Caribou. He studied at CSU Sacramento with Dennis Schmitz, where he received his Masters. He earned an MFA from the University of Montana, where he worked with Richard Hugo and Madeline De Frees. His poems have appeared in many journals, including The New England Review, New Letters, Mirimar, and Valparaiso Poetry Review. Most recently he has been selected as the Featured American Poet in The High Window (United Kingdom).

 

Surf Casting, Fishers Island

Along the edge of the shoreline
an occasional horseshoe crab braces
its heavy helmet, traces unearthly patterns
in the sand. I lean back to steady
the weight of the rod, now and then
letting line out, anticipating the tug
from a flounder, or the sudden jolt
of a sand shark. But nothing doing,
only waves rising and falling.

When you reach for a memory
at times it’s already there. Suddenly
I feel the pull on my rod as it bends
with the weight of the outgoing tide,
green filament line dancing
back and forth on the Penn reel,
cross threading in a grinding whirr.
I’ve forgotten to take off the drag.
My father knows, but says nothing.

—Thomas Mitchell