“Geode” resembles the spheroid stone of its name: when cracked open, it reveals a glittering and and fascinating crystalline structure. But the stony sphere poet Susan Barba offers us, and the jagged beauty within, is nothing less than the earth.
With anguish and praise—in the spirit of the ode, the elegy, and the protest poem—Barba considers our time within the larger scale of deep time. Her poems trace how the earth and our relationships to it—from land use to land rights, to land art—inform our relationships to one another.
“A lyrical meditation on earth and its generative forces as well as its vulnerability to human desecration, violence, and ignorance” (Peter Balakian).