On Walking On looks outward onto—or rather, walks through—the work of various writers for whom walking was or is an important element of daily life. The number of writers who were or are serious walkers is striking, and the connection goes back to antiquity, more recently including Woolf, Nerval, Sand, Debord, Sebald, and many others.
“Whether she’s contemplating cats and the creative process, language and landscapes, or centuries of fleeting yet extraordinary moments, Swensen remains an adept observer and a master of striking forms and line breaks.”—Briana Shemroske, Booklist
“Utilizing both research and praxis, Swenson draws on the rich history of writing about walking in this sonorous and attentive collection. . . . These poems get into the body, tuning the reader’s attention to Swenson’s long, steadily percussive lines.”—Publishers Weekly