I'd like to announce the publication of my first full-length poetry collection. Here's what some say:
Afterimage is an unsentimental but heartfelt elegy for the landscape and the people of the twentieth-century Midwest. The poems preserve the lost place, the lost time, and lost inhabitants, but Benjamin Vogt also celebrates the earth's own ability to flower and return, with human assistance and without. These firm and carefully measured poems are a thoughtful delight, one that should not be missed.
-- Andrew Hudgins
Benjamin Vogt's rich, transporting gift is to see deeply, generously considering moments and scenes that preceded and sustain the lives we know, to dig curiously and calmly, alert for clues and remnants--to harvest more than any seed promised.
-- Naomi Shihab Ny
Using family photographs from the last century, Afterimage moves
from the southern to northern Plains and the eastern Midwest, where the
natural world calls out through open fields and dark woods, then through
transient moments framed by gardens: a butterfly nectaring on a
coneflower, planting lavender with his future wife, or autumn leaves
crashing against a morning window. In a rich array of forms and
evocative imagery, the poems in Afterimage reach through prairie history until grass becomes skin, and light becomes shadow.
You can buy it on Amazon or straight from the press. Then, do let me know what you think, either on Amazon, Goodreads, email, or here. Please? I'll give you a prairie.