Land of Fire (Paperback)
Tupelo Press, 9781946482099, 100pp.
Publication Date: March 1, 2018
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Poetry. Drama. Winner of the Dorset Prize, selected by Robert Pinsky. The poems in Mario Chard's first collection follow three entangled strands -- a contemporary immigrant story, echoes of the Fall in Paradise Lost, and meditations on fatherhood in the shadow of Abraham's command to sacrifice a son. The poet speaks from the American hemisphere, immersed in histories of loss from long before Magellan first glimpsed his tierra del fuego. This LAND OF FIRE is close at hand though we try and insist upon its distance, like the sun, like Milton's Pandemonium, like the wars outside our borders or within.