Ugly Duckling Presse

The Return of the Native
The Return of the Native

Kate Colby

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Buy"With a fine intelligence and a subtle ear she tracks both instabilities and possibilities"

The Return of the Native is both a pastoral and its counterpoint. A series of 23 poems, it enacts a struggle between the romance of recorded history and the social conditions of the global present. Topical threads include New England colonial, American folk, and Native American history; the construction of the Quabbin Reservoir in central Massachusetts; and the specious gloss of American "road" culture, all filtered through a fine mesh of Thomas Hardy.

About the Author

Kate Colby

Kate Colby is the author of six books of poetry, including three books with Ugly Duckling Presse: I Mean (2015), The Return of the Native (2011), and Unbecoming Behavior (2008). The Arrangements is forthcoming from Four Way Books in 2018. Her first book, Fruitlands (Litmus), won the Norma Farber First Book Award and she has received fellowships from RI State Council for the Arts and Harvard’s Woodberry Poetry Room. A founding board member of the Gloucester Writers Center in Massachusetts, she currently lives in Providence.

Advance Praise

With a fine intelligence and a subtle ear she tracks both instabilities and possibilities, the map that is mere broken shards and the shards that can become a map.—ROSMARIE WALDROP