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Poems from Ish River Country

Poems from Ish River Country

Collected Poems and Translations
October 2005
Trade Paperback · 272 Pages
$16.00 U.S. · £10.99 U.K. · €11.99 E.U.
ISBN 9781593760854


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Poems from Ish River Country collects the complete poems of poet, painter, and calligrapher Robert Sund. His few published volumes of poetry and frequent public readings established his reputation as one of the most distinctive poetic voices of the Pacific Northwest, where he enjoyed a tremendous popularity. His short, imagistic poems, in the tradition of William Carlos Williams and Kenneth Rexroth, distill the essence of the Northwest landscape and in plain speech celebrate themes of family, friendship, work and quiet contemplation.

Included here are the poet's award-winning collections, Bunch Grass, which gave literary voice to the rolling wheat country east of the Cascade Mountains in his native Washington State, and Ish River, which celebrated the misty river landscape of the Puget Sound country, a place, in the poet's words, "between two mountain ranges where many rivers run down to an inland sea." But the great part of this collection contains poems unpublished during the poet's lifetime or published only in very limited editions. There is also a generous selection of his translations, from Issa, Buson, Basho, and most especially from the Swedish poet Rabbe Enckell, with whom Sund felt a close affinity.

About the Author

Robert Sund was born in Olympia, Washington, in 1929. He attended the University of Washington, where he studied medicine until he met teacher and poet Theodore Roethke, who became his mentor. After graduating with a degree in creative writing, he spent his life living in and writing about the Pacific Northwest until his death in 2001.