Sunday, July 22, 2012

Now exploring Natural Selections

Whether wandering the paths of the imagination, driving through sparsely populated countryside, or listening for the voices of animals, Joseph Campana’s poems attend to the ways we are indelibly marked by habitat. Shot full of accidental attachments and reluctant transience,  Natural Selections  produces from vibrant contradiction potent song.

In poems both lyric and expansive, Natural Selections finds in the simplicity and strangeness of middle America a complex metaphysics of place and an uncanny perspective reminiscent of the landscapes of Grant Wood.

by Joseph Campana
University Of Iowa Press, 2012