Special introduction by Daniel Halpern, founder of HarperCollins imprint Ecco and the National Poetry Series.
The National Poetry Series was established in 1978 to recognize and promote excellence in contemporary poetry by ensuring the publication of five books of poetry annually through participating publishers. In addition, the National Poetry Series has partnered with Miami Book Fair to award the Paz Prize in Poetry, which ensures bilingual publication for a book of poems written in Spanish. This conversation features Diane Louie on Fractal Shores: Poems, in conversation with the judge who selected her manuscript, Sherod Santos, Square Inch Hours: Poems.
Carlo Rovelli, Italian physicist, says that “the world is not a collection of things, it is a collection of events.” Louie thinks of prose poems as little events. They are happening and happenings. They draw on experience, image, metaphor, and all the properties of language to create little worlds-in-motion, spinning while orbiting and actively shifting our point of view. Fractal Shores: Poems marries the inquiries of science and spiritual longing to illuminate what they – and we – have in common: a desire to understand our presence in a universe that does not yield ultimate answers.