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The Orchard Green and Every Color
Zach Savich




Omnidawn
2016 • 96 pp. 6 x 9"
Poetry - American / Poetry - Death, Grief, Loss

$17.95 Paperback, 978-1-63243-018-2



“This is the poetry of deep meditation, the meditation of survival, where the perfect knot is a straight thread, a ‘clothesline is a sentence,’ and... [continued in Reviews below]”—Fady Joudah, author of Textu,

Language as an embodied sense in this renowned poet’s fifth book

In Zach Savich’s new collection, intent seeing makes the present more present. Here clarity is a quality not of logic, but of perception—not of description, but of the landscape itself. The mysteries of grief and joy, of daily desire and loss, resonate fleetingly, a bell struck delicately, struck again. Through his previous four volumes of poetry, Savich has embodied ways of seeing—ardent, fantastical, patient—and voiced the fugitive nature of perspective. In these new poems, language is a sense like any other and yet is everything that may be glimpsed and heard and briefly known.

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“This is the poetry of deep meditation, the meditation of survival, where the perfect knot is a straight thread, a ‘clothesline is a sentence,’ and the definition of quiet is baseball over the radio—and ‘every death is young.’ In living his life with cancer, in hospital or clinic and the world that surrounds them, Zach Savich performs the task of a great poet: he writes down his own elegy, prescribes his language to himself (and to others). To enter this exquisite book is to enter a pact with the poet: ‘we agree to visit the present’ in its lush sundry landscape. And the only promise we make is that ‘we promise what we are.’—Fady Joudah, author of Textu



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ZACH SAVICH is the author of four books of poetry, as well as a book of prose, Events Film Cannot Withstand. His work has received the Iowa Poetry Prize, the Colorado Prize for Poetry, the Cleveland State University Poetry Center’s Open Award, and Omnidawn’s Chapbook Prize, among other honors. He teaches in the BFA Program for Creative Writing at the University of the Arts, in Philadelphia, and co-edits Rescue Press’s Open Prose Series.



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