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Drift Ice

Jennifer Atkinson, Assistant Professor, English

The poems in Drift Ice (Etruscan Press, April 2008) view the natural world through a lens of ecological and spiritual concerns. They focus especially on Prince William Sound in Alaska 15 years after the Exxon-Valdez oil spill, Long Island Sound at the estuarial mouth of the Connecticut River, and Sri Lanka before and after the tsunami. The poems address the myth of a once pristine wilderness and the indifferent, ever-changing nature of “nature” and our human place in it.