Personal Volcano

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Pub Date: 05/07/2019

Pages: 136

Trim: 8 x 8

Publisher: Nightboat Books

Imprint: Nightboat Books

ISBN 13: 9781937658960

ISBN 10: 1937658961

Price: $17.95 / $25.95 CAN

Personal Volcano

By Laura Moriarty

Price: $17.95



About the Book

Personal Volcano is about the sublime physical presence of volcanoes and the author’s direct experience of them, as well as the history of catastrophes connected to volcanoes in California and around the world. It is a meditation on ecopoetics, the implications of global warming, and the catastrophes to come. Volcanoes have caused famines and even extinctions in the past and yet volcanoes are an ephemeral phenomenon in the context of geologic time and, much like people, barely take up a moment in the vast changeable history which can include the elimination of creatures at the top of the food chain like ourselves.

About the Book

A mesmerizing exploration of the intensity and power of volcanoes in personal, geologic, and spiritual time.


Laura Moriarty’s recent books are Verne & Lemurian Objects, 2017, The Fugitive Notebook, 2014, Who That Divines, 2014, A Tonalist, 2010, A Semblance: Selected and New Poems, 1975-2007, and the novel Ultravioleta, 2006. Her awards include Poetry Center Book Award, a Wallace Alexander Gerbode Foundation Award in Poetry, a New Langton Arts Award in Literature and a Fund for Poetry. grant. She lives in Richmond, California.