Nathaniel Perry, author of Nine Acres, editor of the Hampden-Sydney Poetry Review, and winner of the 2011 American Poetry Review/Honickman First Book Prize will read from his work at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 9 at the Hammes Notre Dame Bookstore.
Selected by Marie Howe from over one thousand submissions, NINE ACRES is the winner of the American Poetry Review/APR Honickman First Book Prize. Taking their titles from chapters of a 1930s small-scale farming handbook, the fifty-two poems in this cycle create a handbook for living and explore sustainability on many levels—on the land, in the family, and in the spirit. As Marie Howe writes in her introduction to the book, “Nathanial Perry has collected poems into this book as one plants a field, as an act of husbandry: each line a furrow where seeds flourish or fail. Husbandry—to create a dwelling place and to care for it—these are the ancient acts.”