Left Fork is excited to announce the release of Michael Spring’s fourth book of poetry. What’s that? You thought he’s had more than that? Well, let’s look at when a book is not a book. In the poetry world, if a collection is less than 40-48 pages or so, it’s called a “chapbook.” So it might look like a book and smell like a book (and be bound like a book…I could go on), but if it’s not many pages, it’s not an official “book.” So this is all to say that this latest collection has heft, gravitas. At 108 pages, this is what you’d call a book.
By the way, in case you can’t get one in your hand just now, here are the nice things people are saying on the back cover (or, to continue the lesson on book terminology, these are “blurbs”):
- Paulann Petersen says, “Michael Spring creates a lyric terrain in which the borders between interior and exterior worlds dissolve.”
- According to Absinthe Poetry Review, “Michael Spring is a poet with a rich inner life. Whoever he is in this world, he is also someone who works with the transformative energies of the imagination. His poetry is totemic, introspective, and written with a soulful music that comes predominantly from the natural world. His work invites us to look further than knowledge can reach.”
- Jared Smith writes, “Michael Spring’s poems are deeply centered within something greater than himself; something that through a nonlinear awareness of, he can become part of—an entering into that which is wild, blue, and indistinct in its outlines. Michael Spring is of the alchemists.”
Unfolding the Field was published 7/26/16 and is available now from Amazon. Congratulations, Michael, on your fourth book!