Forest Primeval: Poems

  • by Vievee Francis
  • Narrated by Vievee Francis
  • 1 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Winner, 2016 Hurston/Wright Legacy Award in the Poetry category
Finalist, 2015 Balcones Poetry Prize
Shortlist finalist, 2015 PEN Open Book Award for an exceptional book by an author of color
"Another Anti-Pastoral," the opening poem of Forest Primeval, confesses that sometimes "words fail." With a "bleat in [her] throat," the poet identifies with the voiceless and wild things in the composed, imposed peace of the Romantic poets with whom she is in dialogue. Vievee Francis's poems engage many of the same concerns as her poetic predecessors - faith in a secular age, the city and nature, aging, and beauty. Words certainly do not fail as Francis sets off into the wild world promised in the title. The wild here is not chaotic but rather free and finely attuned to its surroundings. The listener who joins her will emerge sensitized and changed by the enduring power of her work.

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Best Poems I've read/listened to in a while

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Let's please get more poetry in audio. It's crazy because stuff like this is tailor-made for audiobooks. So good!

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- Amazon Customer

Vievee Francis is the best!

Lovely poems and beautifully read by the author! Great quality and I love the banter between the work. Best book of poetry last year.
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- Adam Hartrum

Book Details

  • Release Date: 05-24-2017
  • Publisher: TalkingBook