Jim Harrison: Reflections on Land, Life, and Poetry (PBS News Profile)

I hope to define my life, whatever is left,
by migrations, south and north with the birds
and far from the metallic fever of clocks,
the self staring at the clock saying, “I must do this.”
I can’t tell the time on the tongue of the river
in the cool morning air, the smell of the ferment
of greenery, the dust off the canyon’s rock walls,
the swallows swooping above the scent of raw water.

- Jim Harrison (from The Golden Window)

PBS News Hour – Jim Harrison has published more than 30 collections of poetry and prose. “In Search of Small Gods” is his twelfth book of poems. His connection to rural landscapes is evident in his free-verse, imagistic poetry, which often explores human and animal drives set against an unforgiving natural world.

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Other news:

  • PBS News Hour Interview (July 09, 2009): includes transcript, video, and audio links.  For audio, you can also click below.
  • Poet Profile (Jim Harrison): additional videos and poetry readings (PBS).

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