Saving Daylight by Jim Harrison

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Named to the Notable Books of the Year lists from The Kansas City Star and the Michigan Library Association.

“Jim Harrison is a writer with immortality in him.”—The Times (London)

“This is [Harrison’s] most robust, sure-footed, and blood-raising poetry collection to date.”—Booklist

Jim Harrison—one of America’s most beloved writers—calls his poetry “the true bones of my life.” Although he is best known as a fiction writer, it is as a poet that Publishers Weekly famously called him an “untrammeled renegade genius.”

Saving Daylight, Harrison’s tenth collection of poetry, is his first book of new poems in a decade. All of Harrison’s abundant passions for life are poured into suites, prose poems, letter-poems, and even lyrics for a mariachi band.

The subjects and concerns are wide-ranging—from the heart-rending “Livingston Suite,” where a boy drowns in the local river and the body is discovered by the poet’s wife—to some of the most harrowing political poems of Harrison’s career. There is also a cast of creature characters—bears, dogs, birds, fish—as well as the woodlands, thickets, and occasional cities of Arizona, Montana, Michigan, France, and Mexico.

“Imagination is my only possession,” Harrison once said. And Saving Daylight is an imagination in full, exuberant bloom.

Jim Harrison is the author of over thirty books of poetry, fiction, and nonfiction. His work has been translated into dozens of languages. Born and raised in Michigan, he now lives in Montana and Arizona.


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Jim Harrison is the author of over thirty books of poetry, nonfiction, and fiction, including Legends of the Fall, The Road Home, Returning to Earth, and The Summer He Didn't Die. A member of American Academy of Arts and Letters and winner of a Guggenheim Fellowship, he has had work published in twenty-seven languages. Harrison lives in Montana and Arizona.
Published November 6, 2012 by Copper Canyon Press. 124 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Non-fiction

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Mountains and forests from the American West, oneiric apparitions and a hard-won, slightly bitter wisdom pervade this 10th book of poems from the prolific Harrison (Shape of the Journey ), whose many prose works include Legends of the Fall .

Apr 03 2006 | Read Full Review of Saving Daylight

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… God e-mailed me that sex would be better in Spanish …” Remarkable among these poems is “The Old Days,” which plays in marvelous ways with nostalgic conventions: “Money didn’t grow in the leaves of trees but around / the trunks in calf’s leather money belts, / though you could only take twenty b...

Aug 18 2009 | Read Full Review of Saving Daylight

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