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Approaching Ice


Elizabeth Bradfield


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“A deft naturalist with a keen eye for details of nature, human and nonhuman. . . . Bradfield’s poems delight.”—San Francisco Chronicle

This collection portrays the gripping history of polar exploration by channeling its most notable figures—Symmes, Mawson, Scott, Cherry-Garrard, Byrd, and Shackleton among them. From their perspectives and her own, Elizabeth Bradfield relays the wonders and dangers, physical and mental, encountered while endeavoring to reach the earth’s least-hospitable regions.

Praise For Approaching Ice: Poems

In poems both descriptive and intimate, Bradfield (Interpretive Work) examines nearly 200 years of polar exploration, recounting tales of the famous (Shackleton, Peary, Byrd,) and not so famous (Shirase, Henson, Boyd). She writes with humanity about those who were arguably a bit mad, showing sympathy for the explorers, the creatures they encountered, and the families they left behind. Highly recommended for anyone who reads contemporary poetry.

— Karla Huston - Library Journal

Persea, 9780892553556, 112pp.

Publication Date: February 2, 2010

About the Author

Elizabeth Bradfield, the author of two previous poetry collections, including Approaching Ice (finalist for the James Laughlin Award from the Academy of American Poets) is a naturalist who works around the globe. She is also founder and co-editor of Broadsided Press.