“A deft naturalist with a keen eye for details of nature, human and nonhuman. . . . Bradfield’s poems delight.”―San Francisco Chronicle
This collection portrays the gripping history of polar exploration by channeling its most notable figures―Symmes, Mawson, Scott, Cherry-Garrard, Byrd, and Shackleton among them. From their perspectives and her own, Elizabeth Bradfield relays the wonders and dangers, physical and mental, encountered while endeavoring to reach the earth’s least-hospitable regions.
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Approaching Ice is a beautiful example of how isolation can bring us closer to the human experience, deepen our personal relationships and create kinships with those who came before us.
The arctic has more to it than just huge glaciers. "Approaching Ice" is a collection of poetry from Elizabeth Bradfield, as she focuses on her trip to the arctic circle, serving as a crew's naturalist and what she gathered from her trip. Drawing on her own interests in polar literature, "Approaching Ice" is a fine choice and recommended read for poetry lovers looking for something with a different flavor. "On the Longing of Early Explorers": Before satellites eyed the earth's whole surface/through the peephole of orbit, before/we all were tracked by numbers trailing from us/like a comet's tail -- O if only,/they'd say in quaint accents and obscure/sentence structures -- if only the unsullied/could be discovered, if only, once found,/it could speak its own nobility and let us empathize. Poignant, the despair that itched/beneath their powdered wigs, their longing to touch/the unspoiled, their sense that the world was already ruined.
I loved this book of poems set in the polar regions. Some historical personas and some first-person poems, all give a sense of the mind of the poet grappling with themes of extremity, exploration, selfhood, history. The lines are well crafted, lyric yet accessible. I highly recommend it.
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