Essays. In a handful of wild seeds taken from any one natural community, there is hidden the distillation of millions of years of coevolution of plants and animals. – Ethnobotanist Gary Paul Nabhan. This volume, the first in the Pleasure Boat Studio Chapbook Series, contains short essays on literature and philosophy: A Grammar, Avalokiteshvara, Rocky Flats, and the New York Times, Old and New Litigation Songs, and Allen Ginsberg Death Notes.
Andrew Schelling is the author or editor of fifteen books and numerous chapbooks. He is the preeminent translator into English of India’s early poetry, most of which is secular, erotic, and grounded in close observation of the natural world. His first book of translations, Dropping the Bow: Poems from Ancient India, released from White Pine Press in a revised edition, received the Academy of American Poets translation award. He teaches poetry and Sanskrit at Naropa University in Boulder, Colorado. He is also a founding arts faculty at Deer Park Institute in Himachal Pradesh, India. His recent books, available from SPD, include THE CANE GROVES OF NARMADA RIVER: EROTIC POEMS OF OLD INDIA, SONGS OF THE SONS AND DAUGHTERS OF BUDDAH (with Anne Waldman), and THE ROAD TO OCOSINGO. For a far more in depth bio: https://www.naropa.edu/faculty/andrew-schelling.php