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The Grace of Necessity
Samuel Green



Carnegie Mellon Poetry Series

Carnegie Mellon
2008 • 112 pp. 5 1/2 x 8 1/2"
Poetry / Poetry - American

$15.95 Paperback, 978-0-88748-479-7



A collection of poetry by Samuel Green.

For the past 25 years Samuel Green has lived on a tiny island only four square miles in size populated by fewer than a hundred people. The island has no regular phone service, no electricity, no stores. These poems are informed by the lessons Green has learned living in a small rural community where loss and grief have immediate effects, and where love, meaningful work, intimate daily engagement with the natural world, and fidelity to “the art of the marginal” offer a way forward.

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"Samuel Green's poems, like his life, fall naturally, smoothly, and uniquely into his days. They are a calendar of events in nature. And it is worth remembering that events, whatever else they may be, are always thoughts, and nature is always the world. Green's language, as clear and direct as any scientific discourse, is charged nevertheless with the intricate force of meaning and personality. These poems cherish us even while we are cherishing them. Read them, and you will see."—Hayden Carruth

"'The shudder of exact description'—throughout this book of days, Samuel Green both knows it, and tests it further, knowing that the earth's fierce actualities yield themselves only to a vision that has been pressed into feeling as an olive is pressed into oil. With the steady, alert application of awake attention, Green brings to these compressed accountings of labor, of love, of the wide community of shared existence, the full measure of both the world's exactitude and its splendor. I commend to you this warm-hearted and full-seeing volume."—Jane Hirshfield



SAMUEL GREEN has lived nearly all his life in the Pacific Northwest. He joined the U.S. Coast Guard at 17, and saw service first in Antarctica, and then in South Vietnam. Later he earned his M.A. in English from Western Washington University through the Veterans Vocational Rehabilitation Program. He has been a visiting poet at colleges in Utah, Wyoming, and Washington, most recently at Seattle University, teaching winter quarters in Seattle, and summer quarters in Ireland. His poems have appeared in Poet & Critic, Poetry, Poetry Northwest, Poetry East, Prairie Schooner, Southern Poetry Review, and many other journals. For the past two dozen years, Green has lived in a hand-built log house on a tiny, remote island, where he and his wife, Sally, are publishers of the award-winning Brooding Heron Press.



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