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In Search of Small Gods

In Search of Small Gods [Kindle Edition]

Jim Harrison

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“Jim Harrison has probed the breadth of human appetites--for food and drink, for art, for sex, for violence and, most significantly, for the great twin engines of love and death. Perhaps no American writer better appreciates those myriad drives; since the publication of his first collection of poetry . . . Harrison has become their poet laureate.”

In Jim Harrison’s new book of poems, birds and humans converse, biographies are fluid, and unknown gods flutter just out of sight. In terrains real and imagined--from remote canyons and anonymous thickets in the American West to secret basements in World War II Europe--Harrison calls his readers to live fully in a world where “Death steals everything except our stories.” In Search of Small Gods is an urgent and imaginative book--one filled with “the spore of the gods.”

Maybe the problem is that I got involved with the wrong crowd of gods when I was seven. At first they weren’t harmful and only showed themselves as fish, birds, especially herons and loons, turtles, a bobcat and a small bear, but not deer and rabbits who only offered themselves as food. And maybe I spent too much time inside the water of lakes and rivers. Underwater seemed like the safest church I could go to . . .

Jim Harrison is the author of thirty books of poetry, fiction, and nonfiction, including Legends of the Fall and Shape of the Journey. A long-time resident of Michigan, he now lives in Montana and Arizona.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 794 KB
  • Print Length: 104 pages
  • Publisher: Copper Canyon Press (28 Dec 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
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  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,376,956 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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67 of 69 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Who but Harrison has poems in Playboy and Earth First! Journal 25 Jun 2009
By Kodiak B. - Published on
When you read this brilliant book, don't ignore the acknowledgements section. (Yes, I even read the copyright page...) What you'll discover is that poems from this book have been published in a dizzying range of publications, including the canonical "Poetry," the radical "Earth First! Journal," Garrison Keillor's folksy "Writer's Almanac," and the needs-no-introduction "Playboy." These publications suggest many of Harrison's themes: art, nature, the joys of physical bodies rubbing against each other (or not!), not to mention the intention of the title: the active search for small gods. For Harrison, the small gods--and the evidence of the gods--are animals, plants, birds, a remote spring in the woods, the charge one feels walking into a secret canyon. One particularly beautiful poem is "I Believe," which begins "I believe in steep drop-offs..." and goes on to enumerate the many things that the poet believes, including leaky wooden boats, brush piles, and "the fluttering of unknown gods that I nearly see / from the left corner of my blind eye." The book itself is organized into three sections, the center section being a collection of densely imaginative prose poems. I've read all of Harrison's thirty-some books (fiction, poetry, essays, memoir), and it's the poetry I return to again and again. "In Search of Small Gods" has earned a permanent place in my library.
28 of 30 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Harrison as poet 4 July 2009
By K. E. S. - Published on
In my opinion Harrison's prose has always been poetry so it seems natural he should write beautiful touching poetry. I believe he has said before that poetry should not be truly understood; this book touches my soul and my heart and remains enigmatic. I live in Montana and am drawn to the land here as I am his poetry.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars In Search of Small Gods 20 Feb 2011
By S. Gemmill - Published on
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Jim Harrison is one of our most versatile writers and this book of poems is no exception. His prose poems range from the hysterically funny -- like his impersonating a famous physiologist to gain access to the world's fastest female runner -- to the stream-of-consciousness style of "Advice." Those small gods of daily life are exposed again and again in this book. Harrison has done the searching for us.
8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Very Good, but... 20 Feb 2011
By JimAhern - Published on
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For me, this is a book that needs more than one reading, it is a book that sits on the night stand offering itself frequently, it is a book that shades itself with the reader's mood, it is a book that is easy to reject yet begs of acceptance, it is a book for easy reading until a meter is inflicted, it is a book with ripples on the surface running deep. I would recommend.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Natural World 6 Mar 2013
By jack sherman - Published on
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Jim Harrison conveys a love and deep appreciation of nature. His novellas, novels, memoirs and poems all are steeped in his life-long passion for being outside. His "thicket" paradise-- alone basking in the wonder an un-named creek somewhere in N.America--gives him the inspiration to write like no one else.
If you love this realm of pure nature, and our place in it, you will love his books.
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