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Slow Fire

Packed with linguistic surprises, Slow Fire begins with grief and moves through a wide range of human emotion that includes genuinely witty responses to love both lost and found.


Pamela Alexander's poetry is characterized by a winning fusion of the comic and the deeply serious. Subjects and settings vary widely. An eccentric family, close observations of wildlife, and coastal sailing are among her topics. She writes with grace -- and her wit is not jokes, her poignancy is not sentimentality.

Commonwealth of Wings: An Ornithological Biography

In a compelling collection of 50 poems, Pamela Alexander presents the remarkable naturalist and artist John James Audubon. This first-person sequence, based on extensive research, re-imagines his life in poems cast as fragments of letters, journal entries, historical vignettes, and lyrical passages.

Captivating and accessible, her poems read with the authority of autobiography, the dramatic coherence of a novel, and the evocative clarity of an Audubon print. Audubon here emerges as a person rather than a legend, and the world seen through his eyes is a portrait of the last days of the American wilderness.

Navigable Waterways

Selected by James Merrill for the prestigious Yale Younger Poet series, this book is unfortunately out of print. The text is available at the Contemporary American Poetry Archive site,