Mystery My Country is a collection of dervish essays (a species of prose poem) that seeks to unite readers with water and sky, flower and highway, darting fish and all the wonders of the natural world through poetic ache and yearning, a wild seeking utterance of what is true and lasting and alive in the present moment and every moment there ever was or could be. These prose poems also bear witness to the second birth of a writer who finds himself suddenly stunned by the beauty of the world and his own miniscule place inside it that for reasons he cannot fathom or understand he was given to celebrate, sing about, and cry out to. It is a book intent on a most outlandish but somehow necessary quest for the times we live in, asking again and again in these headlong pages if this same stunning world will take his hand in marriage, even though he has so little to offer it in return.
Words at the door of the Universe never get over the threshold, but these come as close as it gets—this book seems to witness the marriage of the wind with the seed.
—Mary Ruefle, author of Madness, Rack, and Honey
Robert Vivian is the author of The Tall Grass Trilogy (The Mover of Bones, Lamb Bright Saviors, and Another Burning Kingdom), the novel Water and Abandon, and two books of meditative essays, Cold Snap as Yearning and The Least Cricket of Evening. He's also written many plays that have been produced in New York City and published in Best Men's and Women's Monologues Series. He teaches at Alma College and the low residency MFA program at The Vermont College of Fine Arts.
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