Ugly Duckling Presse

Walking Across a Field We Are Focused On at This Time Now
Walking Across a Field We Are Focused On at This Time Now

Sara Wintz

Poetry | $14 $12
Buy"an exciting addition to the chorus of voices that make up our poetic heritage"

Walking Across a Field We Are Focused on at This Time Now spirals out of year-by-year Wikipedia searches to tell the story of the twentieth century. In her narrative, Sara Wintz weaves together individual experience with shared (public) history to explore the foundations of facts, time and social identity. This is Sara Wintz’s first book, an epic poem of lyric proportions.

Download Free Digital PDF Proof (Make a donation)


Excerpt ˇ


Walking across a field we are focused on at this time now, Judd.
We are focusing on the act of walking across a field.
We will focus our attention on this gesture of walking.
We will act in the manner of moving our legs forward.
We will press our heels to the grass while we are in the process of movement and we will extend our toes forward.
We will bend our knees as the soles of our feet press against the grass.
As our knees bend we will lift our opposite foot at the heel and we will push our bent leg forward across space.
Our opposite leg will exist in space, bent at a ninety-degree angle until it drops and our heel touches the grass first followed by the soles of our feet and lastly followed by our toes.
At which point the heel of our opposite foot will lift and it will shift our point of balance.
We will lift that heel and bend our legs. 
Close ˆ

About the Author

Sara Wintz
Sara Wintz was born in 1985 in Los Angeles and now lives in Oakland, California. She is a graduate of Mills College and the Milton Avery School of Graduate Studies at Bard College. Her poems and criticism have appeared in 6x6, Big Bell, HTMLGIANT, Jacket, Lungfull!, Openned, The Poetry Project Newsletter, Try!, and Where Eagles Dare. Walking Across a Field... is her first book.

Advance Praise

A little bit The Making of Americans, a little bit To The Lighthouse, Walking Across A Field We Are Focused On This Time Now is Sara Wintz’s meditative/historical participation 'in a story of everyone.' The text functions as a glittering Indra’s net, hung with infinite jewels, each reflecting the repeated mutual relatedness among all living beings. How Wintz manages to orchestrate all of this splendor into the span of a metaphoric walk across a field is one of the many compelling facets of the artistry of this book.—Kim Rosenfield
What does it mean to attempt a singularity, to speak or write oneself, to embrace fully a present that slips away into history? There’s an exhilarating vastness to Sara Wintz’s poetics of instability. 'i contain years and if years then centuries.' For Wintz, history is not a graveyard, but a community. Her voice is an exciting addition to the chorus of voices that make up our poetic heritage.—Dodie Bellamy
Sara Wintz embarks into the field of the new century by way of the last, 'walking to extend across' in focused poetic lines and time lines, 'to be part of anything that has happened in language.' The legacy of modernism and its discontents are both a birthright and a burden; 'having come from everything,' Wintz 'insists upon going as a way to find oneself.' Here historical investigation and the testing of poetic language become 'the rehearsal of the doing practice,' where one might find the 'self as appearance among others' — the poet emergent in an expanded field.—David Buuck
Wintz's book employ[s] the garden-path sentences, the blurry signifiers and fragmented jargons of Joyce and Woolf in her deliberations on the intersection of poetry and more formal rhetoric, the inexactitudes of language and knowledge — at times delighting in their marvelous caprice.—Joshua Kleinberg