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ABOUT THE POET

& THE WORK

Poet of earth, nature, and the deep inhabitation of place; a writer of the Pacific Northwest who began and continued throughout his life a student deeply influenced by the work of Gary Snyder. Taoist in his withdrawal to follow "the watercourse way", he developed a fresh translation of the Tao Te Ching; student of Tai Chi for more than 40 years and of Zen for more than 20, whose daily practice shapes his work. Poet of the warm embrace of living things following Pablo Neruda, another seminal influence to whom he dedicated his Ten Short Poems of Spring and A Song of Longing.  A voice distinctly European, long-studied in the work of Rilke, and wildly immediate in the tradition of Rumi and Jimenez. A writer whose practice is grounded in the discipline of listening and obedience

A body of work amounting to more than 1000 poems written over the past 50 years; each poem let fallow and ferment through many dozens of drafts, at times over decades. Cutting the interfering noise of the editorial voice, he published little so that he could hear what needed to be said and how it wanted to be written. Thus most of his work appears here for the first time.

A few poems appeared in the 1970s and 1980s in The Rock, Sonoma Review, The Men's Journal, Desert Call, Forefront, Americas Review, and Wingspan. He served as poetry editor for The Men's Journal, wrote a poetry column “A Way In” for Wingspan, and led the Sonoma Creative Expression Workshop, 1983-84, bringing together poets, writers and artists. Other works include The Lucid Hallucinatorium,  meditations, essays on the work of Gary Snyder, a study of the Book of Job, and two plays (Ezra in Pisa and Ezra Agon). 

Jeremy Pratt grew up on Bainbridge Island in Puget Sound; he lives and writes on Vashon Island. A graduate of The Evergreen State College 1977, he took his M.S. in Environmental Science  from Washington State University 1979, specializing in human ecology. He founded and led the Institute for Human Ecology from 1982 to 2012 and spent a career – more than 40 years – consulting in ecology and leading energy and water projects in high-stakes, high-conflict settings to navigate complex regulatory networks.

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Listen - poetry gives itself to the one who is there.

Poetry is an obedience (from the Latin, obedire, "to listen, attend"). 

Poetry takes wing like the flight of many birds.

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