Dead Man's Float

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Pub Date: 09/25/2018

Pages: 128

Publisher: Copper Canyon Press

Imprint: Copper Canyon Press

ISBN 13: 9781556595424

ISBN 10: 1556595425

Price: / $24.50 CAN$17.00

Dead Man's Float

By Jim Harrison

Price: $17.00

About the Book

“Bracingly candid, gracefully elegiac, tough, and passionate, Harrison travels the deep river of the spirit.” —Booklist

“[Jim Harrison] is still close to the source. . . . Dead Man’s Float is, as its title would suggest, a flinty and psalmist look at mortality and wonder.” —Los Angeles Times

Two months after the hardback publication of Dead Man’s Float, Jim Harrison was found dead in his home office. Harrison always thought he would die young, and when he didn’t he became increasingly preoccupied with time. As old age proved to be a harrowing trial, Harrison titled his book after a survival technique used by swimmers during an exhausting journey. This paperback edition includes the poem Harrison was writing at the time of his death, published here for the first time.

From “Bridge”:

. . . Sometimes the sea roars and howls like
the animal it is, a continent wide and alive.
What beauty in this the darkest music
over which you can hear the lightest music of human
behavior, the tender connection between men and galaxies . . .

Jim Harrison was the author of over thirty books of poetry, fiction, and nonfiction. His books have been translated into two dozen languages, and in 2007 he was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Letters.

About the Book

Complete with his final poem, Harrison’s last collection bares the heart of one of America’s most beloved poets.

Author

Jim Harrison: Jim Harrison, one of America’s most versatile and celebrated writers, is the author of thirty books of poetry, fiction, and nonfiction—including Legends of the Fall, the acclaimed trilogy of novellas, and The Shape of the Journey: New and Collected Poems. His books have been translated into two dozen languages, and in 2007 he was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Letters. With a fondness for open space and anonymous thickets, he divides his time between Montana and southern Arizona.