A 2020 Honor Winner by the Montana Book Award. Includes the poem “25 Bears” – finalist for the 2020 Spur Award for Best Poem. Available from Riverfeet Press.
“Passionate yet mature, this is Beaudin’s most inspired and finest work.” –Rick Bass, author of For a Little While
“Exquisite and full of life like the birds themselves. In each poem we find clarity and compassion as we stand on the razor-edge of uncertainty. –Terry Tempest Williams, author of Erosion
I’m over-the-loon [sic] excited to be bringing you this collection of poems with over 20 stunning monotypes by Storrs Bishop and an introduction by J. Drew Lanham. This has been an incredible journey of going deep into what birds mean to me, as well as how they connect with my beliefs about our relationships (and responsibilities) to the earth, to each other, to the wild spaces both in the world and within ourselves.
It has also been a journey into my convictions about what poetry is, and how a poem is made. I spent a lot of time breaking things down to their foundations, questioning what tools and building techniques I was using, and discovering new ways to hear the music of a poem. I really hope you will enjoy the results.
“This is a powerful, creative, and environmentally grounded work. Beautiful and exquisite in its celebration of flight and how wilderness works its way into our blood and bones and calls us to something transcendent.”
–Shann Ray, author of American Copper and Blood Fire Vapor Smoke
Here’s a little more about the project:
Life List, by Marc Beaudin, is a collection of 74 poems that explores the poet’s question, “What is the soul if not the sum on the flights of a thousand birds?” Arranged like a field guide, the book is divided into regional sections with each poem featuring a different bird selected from Beaudin’s own life list (currently at 376 species). As he writes in his author’s note: “For many years, crows, herons and other avian species have flown through my poetry, adding their voices and flashes of light to my vain attempts to render in language the precarious circumstances of being alive.” The book includes several monotypes by Montana artist Storrs Bishop, and features an introduction by J. Drew Lanham author of The Home Place: Memoirs of a Colored Man’s Love Affair with Nature.
“A crucial effort to lift us all into loving consciousness by way of the sheer beauty of the natural world.” – William Heyen, author of The Candle: Poems of our 20th Century Holocausts
You can also support these wonderful local, independent stores who carry Life List:
Elk River Books, Livingston, Montana
Country Bookshelf, Bozeman, Montana
Fact & Fiction, Missoula, Montana
Montana Book Company, Helena, Montana
This House of Books, Billings, Montana
Back of Beyond Books, Moab, Utah
Reading Leaves, Townsend, MT
Common Sense Books, Townsend, MT
Wheatgrass Books & Gifts, Livingston, MT
The Frame Garden, Livingston, Montana
High Trash Boutique, Livingston, Montana
Schnee’s, Bozeman, Montana
Glacier Park Trading Company, East Glacier, Montana