Join William O’Daly and JS Graustein on their poetic explorations of New Hampshire’s waterways. O’Daly’s work as a Research Writer at the California Department of Water Resources during the state’s multi-year drought and Graustein’s training as an Aquatic Ecologist lend unique perspectives to the beauty of the Granite State’s “blue spaces.” From the Connecticut Lakes to the Seacoast, Otter Brook to the Salmon Falls River, and the circumnavigation of Lake Winnipesaukee, the poems, essays, and photographs in this book celebrate New Hampshire’s gateways to “the most serene surface, the silence / of what we no longer remember: who we are, / to whom the loon calls across the emptiness.”
FROM THE PRESS RELEASE:
Folded Word announces the release of its second 2017 title, Water Ways, a collection of poems by William O’Daly with essays and photographs by JS Graustein. Its poems, essays, and photographs reflect on unique perspectives of beauty from the Connecticut Lakes to the Seacoast, Otter Brook to the Salmon Falls River, and the circumnavigation of Lake Winnipesaukee.
Water Ways is a collaborative work by William O’Daly and JS Graustein that celebrates “blue spaces.” Their work introduces the reader to “the most serene surface, the silence / of what we no longer remember: who we are, / to whom the loon calls across the emptiness” through poetry, prose, and photography. The book’s varied forms echo the varied perspectives each writer brought to the project. O’Daly, visiting from a state in severe drought, had markedly different interactions with Granite State waterways than the locally-based Graustein. The resulting range of voice and focus makes this collection accessible to anyone who loves water.
William O’Daly is the author of The Road to Isla Negra (Folded Word) and The Whale in the Web (Copper Canyon Press). He has also translated eight poetry collections by Pablo Neruda for Copper Canyon Press, with a ninth due out in October. He lives in the foothills of California’s Sierra Nevada Mountains.
JS Graustein holds a Master of Science degree in ecology. She is the author of How to Write an Exceptional Thesis or Dissertation (Atlantic Publishing Group) and the calligrapher for Folded Word’s haiku collections. She lives surrounded by trees in the Lakes Region of New Hampshire.