Robert Hunter Jones’ collection Winter Garden won the 2014 Gerald Cable Book Award, a national poetry prize juried by Dorianne Laux.
“In WINTER GARDEN, everything slides toward the leaf rot and the twisted roots—the apparitions of a father, two countries, the landscapes of childhood, and the hinterlands of obsession and imagination. … This book is a paean to place, a witness to the mysteries of the examined life, and a true gift for those of us who think the poet’s profession is to invent a new language for a singular vision.” — Michael McGriff (read McGriff’s full review)
“In this book, we view a childhood landscape in Oregon through the prism of an Austrian city’s austere light, and by this refraction personal loyalties are tested, deepened, clarified. The narrator’s primordial gestures seek to join every life’s two worlds of memory and fact: ‘I gnaw the songs of birds … I carry hunger with me like a map … I work a shovel beneath the roots …” I am grateful to have these poems that do life’s heavy lifting with such a deft, lyric touch.”
— Kim Stafford
“WINTER GARDEN is a whole world made out of beautiful lyric narratives, a wonder and care for nature, and the deep songs of memory. In this book Mr. Jones gives us a path to both get lost and find our way.” — Matthew Dickman
- Published Sept. 15, 2016 by Silverfish Review Press
- Paperback, 80 pages; ISBN 978-1-878-85167-3
A few poems from the book: Dark Matter, Exact Directions of Light, Resolve, Winter Garden