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How It Is: Selected Poems
March 2018

Hominid Up

Neil Shepard

ISBN: 978-1-908836-95-3

Page Count: 88

Publication Date: Thursday, January 01, 2015

Cover Artwork: A detail of John Gurche’s Tower of Time, used by permission of John Gurche and by the Museum of Natural History, Washington, DC

About this Book

Hominid Up, Neil Shepard’s sixth book of poetry, turns a nightmared, insomniac eye on both urban and rural landscapes: from the brassy multitudes of Manhattan, to the lone man standing in a northern stream amidst its shush and thrum. At the heart of this book is a darkly political vision of post-millennial America, exploring the tensions and flashpoints of class and race that lead us toward our days of reckoning. Whether examining “the ailments” on a city street where the Haves helicopter above the Have-nots, or the coastal communities from South Carolina to Maine, where the cruise-ship crowds mix uncomfortably with the local fishermen, or the pastures of Vermont where developers buy up the hilltop acreage from cash-strapped farmers, Shepard immerses himself in this brazen new century and brings back “the bite and sting that bothers us all.” 

Author Biography

Neil Shepard has published five books of poetry: Scavenging the Country for a Heartbeat (First Book Award, Mid-List Press, 1993); I’m Here Because I Lost My Way (Mid-List, 1998); This Far from the Source (Mid-List, 2006); (T)ravel/Un(t)ravel (Mid-List, 2011) and a chapbook, Vermont Exit Ramps (Big Table, 2012). His poems appear in literary magazines such as Boulevard, Harvard Review, New England Review, North American Review, Ploughshares, Paris Review, Shenandoah, Southern Review, and Triquarterly, as well as online at Poetry Daily, Verse Daily, and Poem-a-Day (Academy of American Poets). He directed the BFA Writing Program at Johnson State College for many years before his retirement in 2009. He also founded the Writers Program at the Vermont Studio Center and directed it for eight years. He currently teaches in the low-residency MFA Writing Program at Wilkes University (PA), and he is the founder and long-time editor of Green Mountains Review.

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