John Lane’s New Collection of Poems

John Lane returns to City Lights Bookstore with his new collection of poetry, Anthropocene Blues, on Friday, November 10th (2017) at 6:30 p.m. In the story of the earth, geologists tell us that around 12,000 years ago the planet shifted from the Pleistocene to the Holocene. There probably were poets to sing about that change, but of what they sang, we have no records. Even earlier, paintings on cave walls point toward an artistic response from our upstart species. These early artists painted the Pleistocene’s last great ice age herds thundering past. Now John Lane’s traveling geologist sings a dawning epoch’s blues. The Anthropocene is upon us, and his poems show how humans believe they have become “the planet’s boss, the big chief, the emperor of air, diesel fuel,/bow thrusters, and tax shelters…” And if you don’t believe the times are changing, consider these poems--full of dead-on-the-road groundhogs and radial tires, carbon-spewing adventure travel, masturbating parrots, and mounds and mounds of garbage--as twenty-first-century objective correlatives John Keats might recognize. But all is not collapsed out there. The puny human voice William Faulkner praised in his Nobel acceptance speech sings amidst the 6th Great Extinction. These lyrics and narratives deposit the pleasures of contemporary poetry in the carbon record.

Event date: 
Friday, November 10, 2017 - 6:30pm
Event address: 
3 East Jackson St
Sylva, NC 28779
Anthropocene Blues: Poems Cover Image
ISBN: 9780881466256
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Mercer University Press - September 1st, 2017

Coyote Settles the South (Wormsloe Foundation Nature Book) Cover Image
ISBN: 9780820349282
Availability: No new copies on our shelves but maybe in used, now or arriving soon. Ask us.
Published: University of Georgia Press - May 15th, 2016

Fate Moreland's Widow (Story River Books) Cover Image
By John Lane, Wiley Cash (Foreword by)
ISBN: 9781611174694
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: University of South Carolina Press - February 1st, 2015

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