God's Green Earth
God's Green Earth
By Noelle Kocot
The poems of Noelle Kocot's latest collection are ones of acute astonishment, tracking the intense spiritual and ecstatic elements that pervade the everyday world, the "fine surges of torrential / Probabilities" amid the "flotsam strewn under this compromised / Heaven." Bleak yet full of glory, these poems are a quest that showcase a poet at her visionary and poetic heights, where every turn of line, every sudden appearance, is one to arrest our attention and thought.
At once modest and resplendent, this is a profound affirmation of poetic necessity.
—starred review from Publishers Weekly
In the meantime, we still have this world to contend with, the “green earth” of the book’s title, which is God’s, sure, but also ours: a world of much suffering and loss, but also of music, radio, cats, trees, and each other.
—Justin Taylor, Poetry Foundation
God's Green Earth has a wonderful ability to soothe and slow its readers, offering a silent plenitude of spirit and luxuriating in depictions of solitude.
—Stephanie Sy-Quia, The White Review
Noelle Kocot is the author of many collections of poetry, including God's Green Earth (Wave Books, 2020), Phantom Pains of Madness (Wave Books, May 2016), Soul in Space (Wave Books, 2013), The Bigger World (Wave Books, 2011), and a book of translations of some of the poems of Tristan Corbière, Poet by Default (Wave Books, 2011). Their previous works include the discography Damon's Room, (Wave Books Pamphlet Series, 2010), Sunny Wednesday (Wave Books, 2009) and Poem for the End of Time and Other Poems (Wave Books, 2006). They are also the author of 4 and The Raving Fortune (both from Four Way Books). Their poems have been anthologized in Best American Poetry in 2001, 2012, and 2013. They are the recipient of awards from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Academy of American Poets, The Fund for Poetry, the American Poetry Review, and a residency fellowship from the Lannan Foundation. Kocot has taught at the University of Texas New Writers' Project and currently teaches in the Creative Writing Department at the New School. They live in New Jersey.
Publication Date: May 5, 2020
ISBN# 9781950268023 (5.5x8, 80pp, paperback)
ISBN# 9781950268030 (5.5x8, 80pp, limited edition hardcover)