Brian Teare

Cindy Seip

Brian Teare is the author of Companion Grasses, a finalist for the Kingsley Tufts Poetry Award, and The Empty Form Goes All the Way to Heaven. He has also published eight chapbooks, including Paradise Was Typeset, SORE EROS, and Headlands Quadrats. His honors include Lambda Literary and Publishing Triangle Awards, and fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Pew Center for Arts and Heritage, the American Antiquarian Society, the Headlands Center for the Arts, the Vermont Studio Center, and the MacDowell Colony. He is now an associate professor at University of Virginia, and makes books by hand for his micropress, Albion Books. Doomstead Days (Nightboat Books) nominated for a National Book Award in Poetry, is a lyrical series of experiments in embodied ecological consciousness. These site-specific poems document rivers, cities, forests, oil spills, mountains, and apocalyptic visions. They encounter refineries and urban watersheds, megafauna and industrial toxins, each encounter intertwining ordinary life and ongoing environmental crisis. Days pass, wartime days, days of love and sex, sixth extinction days, days of chronic illness, and through these poems, we experience the pleasure and pain of being a body during global climate change.