Thursday, November 19, 2009
Now Available for Pre-Order from Finishing Line Press.
Self-discovery and loss—these are the touchstones of Allan Johnston’s fine new collection that recalls the countercultural “back to the land” movement of the 1970s. In Northport, the poet guides the reader through the wonder and waste of the past, and to travel with him is to suffer with him; yet it is also a transcendent chance to recover valuable old territory, to make it new again, and to claim as one’s own “all the beauty dancing there.” -- Richard Jones
These are beautifully-made poems of the Pacific Northwest, in Gary Snyder’s tradition of close attention to the world, the moment, and the heft of words. It’s a pleasure to see them in print. -- Alan Williamson
About Allan Johnston:
Allan Johnston’s poems have been published in Poetry, Poetry East, Rhino, and over sixty other journals. He is the author of one poetry collection (Tasks of Survival) and a recipient of an Illinois Arts Council Fellowship and a Pushcart Prize nomination. Originally from California, he earned his M.A. in Creative Writing and his Ph.D. in English from the University of California, Davis, and now teaches writing and literature at Columbia College and DePaul University in Chicago. He currently serves as a reader for the Illinois Emerging Poets competition and is president of the Society for the Philosophical Study of Education. In the past he has worked as a sheepherder, shakesplitter, roofer, forest fire fighter, Indian cook, and photographer, among other occupations.