Stirring the Mud by Barbara Hurd

Review by Alexis Williams

This book is gooey and soupy and dreamy. The author dons hip waders to squish out metaphor and opaque imagery. It’s scientifically informed poetry. It’s about liminality, emptiness, spirituality, unknowing, death, decay, preservation and human relationships with wildness. It showcases Tamarack, Ghost Pipes, Pitcher Plants, Lady Slippers, Duck Weed, swamp gas, Bog Beacons and mud. This book was written for me.

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