Hardback
October 4, 2022
9780819500151
English
160
18 color photos, 12 b&w line drawings
9.00 Inches (US)
7.00 Inches (US)
$26.00 USD, £19.50 GBP
v2.1 Reference

In a Few Minutes Before Later

"[Hillman's] work is fierce but loving, risk-taking, and beautiful." —Harvard Review

An iconoclastic ecopoet who has led the way for many young and emerging artists, Brenda Hillman continues to re-cast innovative poetic forms as instruments for tracking human and non-human experiences. At times the poet deploys short dialogues, meditations or trance techniques as means of rendering inner states; other times she uses narrative, documentary or scientific materials to record daily events during a time of pandemic, planetary crisis, political and racial turmoil. Hillman proposes that poetry offers courage even in times of existential peril; her work represents what is most necessary and fresh in American poetry.


During an enchantment in the life


Do you love a living person
        absolutely? Tell them now.
In a half-unwieldy life you made, under
the hyaline sky, while the dead
        drank from zigzag pools nearby,
if they saved you in your wild incapacities,

        in timing of the world's harm
in a little pettiness in your own heart while others took
        your madrigals in shreds to a tribunal,
        when others said you should feel grateful
        to be minimally adequate for the world's
triple exposure or some tired committee...

        The ones who love us, how do they
break through our defenses?
        We're tired today. Come back later.
Their baffled voices melting our wax walls
with a candle, the ones who understand
what being is—the glowing, the broken,

the wheels, the brave ones—
        they have their courage,
you have yours,,,;
        when you meet the one you love,
it is so rare. When you meet
the one who loves you, it is extremely rare.

About the Author

BRENDA HILLMAN (Kensington, CA) is an activist, writer, editor, and teacher. She has published ten collections of poetry, all from Wesleyan University Press, including Practical Water, for which she won the Los Angeles Times Book Award for Poetry. Her work has been translated into more than a dozen languages. A Chancellor Emerita of the Academy of American Poets, Hillman serves on the faculty of Saint Mary's College in Moraga, California and as a staff poet at Community of Writers.

Endorsements

"[Hillman's] most recent books are rooted in broad social and ecological interests: 'passion' is a better term. She has invented a kind of dialogue with the earth; she writes with an intimacy and directness few equal and a magnificence of conception almost no one aspires to."—Citation from the American Academy of Arts and Letters (Morton Dauwen Zabel Award 2020)

"She is lightning 'the sea shines purple in.' With a seed bomb of words, she takes on the system... without once turning her back on lyrical splendor."—C.D. Wright, "The Book That Brenda Wrote" [from The Poet, the Lion, Talking Pictures, El Farolito, a Wedding in St. Roch, the Big Box Store, the Warp in the Mirror, Spring, Midnights, Fire & All]

"Thematically significant here, time dominates, as does the looming, viscerally rendered, and gorgeously obdurate natural world, both stretching out"—Library Journal, on Extra Hidden Life, among the Days

"Hillman's work will find a ready audience in poets of her own generation, as well as those younger poets following in her footsteps, in whose hands the category of 'ecopoetry' has exploded, sporelike, into countless unnamed species."—Publishers Weekly, on Extra Hidden Life, among the Days, Starred review
Wesleyan University Press
Wesleyan Poetry Series

9780819500151 : in-a-few-minutes-before-later-hillman
Hardback
October 4, 2022
$26.00 USD

Other Titles by Brenda Hillman

Extra Hidden Life, among the Days

Brenda Hillman
Mar 2019 - Wesleyan University Press
$26.95 USD - Hardback
$13.99 USD - Electronic book text
$16.95 USD - Paperback / softback

Seasonal Works with Letters on Fire

Brenda Hillman
Sep 2014 - Wesleyan University Press
$24.95 USD - Hardback
$11.99 USD - Electronic book text
$15.95 USD - Paperback / softback

Practical Water

Brenda Hillman
Sep 2011 - Wesleyan University Press
$12.99 USD - Electronic book text
$15.95 USD - Paperback / softback

Other Titles from Wesleyan Poetry Series

Her Birth and Later Years

Irena Klepfisz
Dec 2022 - Wesleyan University Press
$28.00 USD - Hardback

In the Current Where Drowning Is Beautiful

Abigail Chabitnoy
Nov 2022 - Wesleyan University Press
$25.00 USD - Hardback
$15.95 USD - Paperback / softback

Belly to the Brutal

Jennifer Givhan
Aug 2022 - Wesleyan University Press
$15.95 USD - Paperback / softback
$25.00 USD - Hardback

Other Titles in POETRY / Subjects & Themes / Nature

Hounds on the Mountain

James Still
Jul 2022 - University Press of Kentucky
$14.95 USD - Paperback / softback
$14.95 USD - Electronic book text
$14.95 USD - Electronic book text

In Memory of a Banyan Tree

Michael Rothenberg
Apr 2022 - Lost Horse Press
$18.00 USD - Paperback / softback

Arborophobia

Nancy Holmes
Mar 2022 - University of Alberta Press
$19.99 USD - Paperback / softback

Other Titles in Poetry by individual poets

Buffalo Dance, expanded edition

Frank X Walker
Nov 2022 - University Press of Kentucky
$19.95 USD - Paperback / softback
$29.95 USD - Electronic book text
$19.95 USD - Electronic book text

{#289-128}

Randall Horton
Sep 2020 - University Press of Kentucky
$19.95 USD - Paperback / softback
$19.95 USD - Electronic book text
$19.95 USD - Electronic book text

T. S. Eliot's Dialectical Imagination

Jewel Spears Brooker
Oct 2018 - The Johns Hopkins University Press
$39.95 USD - Hardback
$39.95 USD - Electronic book text