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Part elegy, part ode, part pastoral, part sci-fi, After Earth looks back through history in order to consider history’s end. Many of the poems are drawn from the concerns of a father for his children, from the impulse to record the Earth, to preserve what’s slipping away, and to heal, if poems can, the bifurcation of nature and civilization. Reveling in the ornate as well as the plain, these poems cultivate astonishment not in the promise of another world, but in the here and now, turning “what is wavering or tattered into permanence,” and praising all they can, as Auden says we must, “for being and for happening.”
Michael Lavers is the winner of the 2018 Tampa Review Prize for Poetry and two-time winner of the University of Canberra Vice-Chancellor’s International Poetry Prize. His poems have appeared in Best New Poets 2015, Crazyhorse, 32 Poems, The Hudson Review, Hayden’s Ferry Review, Georgia Review, and elsewhere. He teaches poetry at Brigham Young University.