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Small Human Detail in Care of National Trust
Martin Walls

First Book

New Issues Poetry & Prose
2000 • 72 pp. 6 x 8 1/2"

$12.00 Paperback, 978-0-932826-85-5

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“Small Human Detail in Care of National Trust is a terrific first book by a diversely-gifted young poet––part romantic naturalist and part political scold, throughout a believer in a 'theology of the particular.' Reading these poems I find myself marveling at the way Martin Walls brings his incisive, historical intelligence to bear on the humblest of landscapes; not only can he mobilize a cinematically global range of poetic reference––from Basho to Vallejo, Oppen to Plath––but he knows how to zoom in the focus on images as evanescent as his dragonfly with 'wings salvaged from the skeletons of willow leaves.' 'Salvage' is no idle word in this book. Martin Walls is a writer who seeks to save what is necessary not only from the ravages of time, but from the sociohistorical forces in whose trust we are all, willing or unwilling, held.”—Campbell McGrath

MARTIN WALLS was born in Brighton, England in 1970 and now lives in Baldwinsville, New York with his wife, Christine, and son Alexander. A US Library of Congress Witter Bynner Fellow, he is the author of three books of poems: Small Human Detail in Care of National Trust (2000), Commonwealth (2005), and The Solvay Process (2009).

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