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randall potts poet poetry trickster university of Iowa press

Cover art by Esther Traugot.

"Fresh, accessible, immediate."

Library Journal


“I admire the clarity, the urgency, the invention, the intelligence, and the commitment of Randall Potts’s new book of poems. A terrific book.”

Gerald Stern 


“Potts writes poems charged with an intense and loving empathy with the living and non-living things of the Earth and the spirit that animates them. His poems are grounded in images and borne aloft by the song of ancient and modern traditions. They are touched by the spirit that moves through the work of Merwin, Trakl, and Tarkovsky, a spirit that endows things with the luminous effects of golden sunlight scattered through leaves, illuminating darkness with hope.”

Geoffrey Nutter

"The constantly thwarted desire not to harm, in the face of natural and human-driven cycles of life and death, seems to constitute a central theme of Potts’s collection….the entire context of Trickster, which confronts so many of the heartbreaking and terrifying aspects of our relationship with the natural world... are beautifully and rigorously earned. "

Kasey Jueds and Ethel Rackin's review of Trickster titled “The Lives That Include Us” published in Jacket2 

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