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Review in Zoland Poetry

In new titles on March 9, 2012 at 3:16 pm

Dan Bouchard offers a roundup of recent Flood Editions books in the latest installment of Zoland Poetry. He discusses Merrill Gilfillan’s The Bark of the Dog and Pam Rehm’s The Larger Nature, along with two titles from Furniture Press. Bouchard observes, “Gilfillan possesses the constant attention of ears hearing music, all the singing of the natural world,” and, “The Larger Nature is rife with metamorphosis, a title of one poem and a word that appears in at least one other.” Read the entire review here.

The Warbler Road (excerpt)

In Uncategorized on April 20, 2011 at 2:25 pm

The new issue of Shelf Unbound features an excerpt from The Warbler Road by Merrill Gilfillan. The entire issue is available for preview or download here.


In Uncategorized on July 8, 2010 at 1:21 am

Flood Editions has much in store for 2010 and 2011, including two books by Merrill Gilfillan, The Warbler Road (essays) and The Bark of the Dog (poetry); William Fuller’s Hallucination; Roy Fisher’s Selected Poems, edited by August Kleinzahler; Pam Rehm’s The Larger Nature; and more.

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Now Available

In forthcoming on May 19, 2010 at 6:18 pm

Route 36, photographs by William Wylie

With a foreword by Merrill Gilfillan

ISBN 978-0-9819520-3-1 $29.95

It is impossible to put into words how an artist finds and conveys meaning in apparently empty fields, on small-town streets, next to humble buildings . . . but I can affirm that William Wylie is able to help us see these mysteries as significant and even redeeming. Robert Adams

This series of fifty-four photographs follows Route 36 across the Kansas prairie, capturing the region’s strong light and registering detailed textures within its vast spaces. Cottonwood trees, twisted by wind, break up the expanses, conveying a sense of scale and vertical life. Typically, the images move between the dry, rolling landscape and stark, vertical structures. Buildings often present blank faces, abandoned without names or signage, former uses unspecified. They sometimes appear as depthless surfaces against the deep expanse of prairie. Moving through the collection, we come to recognize this tension—between obsolescence and natural beauty—as characteristic of the region and its moment in history.

In his foreword to the book, the poet and essayist Merrill Gilfillan comments, “It seems continually necessary to reassert that landscape study and its reflective arts are anything but passive disciplines, that civilization in a sustaining, daily sense emerges most surely from good relations with one’s surroundings (the perfect word) and the inner landscape of possibility held in the head and heart. Bill Wylie’s recent 36 crossings-with-camera remint all of this: the region’s great capacity for inflection, double take, and surprise. The humble aplomb of things-in-waiting: a preposterous barn, crooked old trees half crazy with neglect. And the benignity of a deftly cast eye.”

Forthcoming in 2009

In forthcoming on December 5, 2008 at 1:44 am


William Wylie, As the Crow Flies: Route 36 (photography)

“These photos incite me to drive back out there, come October or May, if I can wait that long, to reaffirm just how those raggedy cedars hug the edges of those infinitely particular ridgelines, and to watch as the Arikaree, the Beaver, the Sappa, and then the Prairie Dog creeks make their forbearing, undeniable ways from the uplands, how they hedge and parry, feint and hook . . . To reaffirm an intelligent planet whereon one might even, with luck, breathe an intelligent breath, drive an intelligent mile, set an intelligent foot.”—from the preface by Merrill Gilfillan 

Jennifer Moxley, Clampdown (poetry)

Clampdown captures a time of political despair and self-doubt. Our “so-called common ground” erodes where liberal thought, implicated in the systems it critiques, finds no traction and becomes the site of new divisions. Against the reality of distant wars, everyday pleasures—even love itself—become frayed by anxiety and shame. Likewise, the past and the future prove unstable, both close to oblivion in a “maddeningly quiescent landscape” of winter. Throughout Clampdown, Moxley responds to the evanescence of both life and art with all her poetic resources, at times declamatory and incisive, at others “freely espousing” and conversational. 

Fanny Howe, What Did I Do Wrong? (fiction)

Graham Foust, A Mouth in California (poetry)