Wind Ridge Books of Vermont is pleased to announce the September release of “KIN.” Written by Burlington poet and UVM Senior Emeritus Professor, Daniel Lusk, “KIN” has been a finalist for the Tupelo Press Dorset and Snowbound Awards, the Sarabande Press Morton Prize, and White Pine Press Book Award. Donations from the publisher will benefit The Lake Champlain Maritime Museum.
John Surowiecki, poet and author of “The Hat City After Men Stopped Wearing Hats” and several other books describes Lusk’s voice “as that of a bardic witness chronicling nature’s comings and goings. It’s a voice capable of tenderness and wit and fine detail and a sense of wonder that doesn’t come from innocence but from paying attention.”
The poems in this new collection by Lusk have been inspired in large part by the wildlife he encountered while living at the edge of wilderness in northern Vermont. Lusk sings of nature’s wild kingdom–animal, anima, animus–in which humans, animals, earth and its heavens are related in a marriage royal and holy: the porcupine in quill robe, the moose in his crown, birds whose songs can heal, moss rocks and wet caves, midnight caterwauls, and hemlock shadows. “Without bears, bats, or fire,” he asks, “What is there to worship?”
Daniel Lusk is also author of “Lake Studies: Meditations on Lake Champlain” and a companion audiobook, “The Inland Sea, of Kissing the Ground: New & Selected Poems,” and other books. Winner of a Pablo Neruda Prize for poetry from Nimrod International Journal and a former Writing Fellow at Yaddo and The MacDowell Colony, he has been Visiting Poet at Stranmillis University College-Queens in Belfast, N.I., and The Frost Place, Franconia, N.H.. His poems have appeared in Poetry, Prairie Schooner, Poetry Ireland, and many other journals. He is a Senior Lecturer Emeritus of English at the University of Vermont.