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Knox Gardner

Music by Aaron Otheim

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Finalist for the 2020 CLMP Firecracker Award in Poetry

Started during the early season fires of 2017 in British Columbia, written that burning year, and finished as the Camp Fire obliterated Paradise, California, the poems and music of Woodland blaze with anger. Broken and obsessive, lathing logging terminology and archaisms, the poems ricochet around the new reality of endless fires as the Climate Catastrophe unfolds and “lover & spruce/ rise up the mountain/ contorted/ for cooling/ air—”.

The book includes a new “score” by keyboardist Aaron Otheim. Burning the 19th-century parlor music of Edward MacDowell’s Woodland Sketches, Otheim fractures the recognizable melodies of this arch-romantic work with both studio and post-recording manipulation to create a startling and darkly timbred composition.

Woodland presents two West Coast artists grappling with their personal complicity, “It’s who we are/ loose// ( & with matches,” and the larger societal structures profiting off the unraveling. It is both an indictment of and testimony to the coming disaster.


We post selections from our books on SoundCloud, but a full reading of Woodland by poet Knox Gardner, can be found on our audio page.


More videos from this project can be found on our YouTube channel.



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ISBN: 9780960045709
Paper, 6 x 9, 106 pgs, audio
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