Epeolatry Book Review: Field Guide to Invasive Species of Minnesota by Amelia Gorman


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Title: Field Guide to Invasive Species of Minnesota
Author: Amelia Gorman
Genre: Nature Poetry
Publisher: Interstellar Flight Press
Release Date: 6th September, 2021

Synopsis: Gorman’s Field Guide to Invasive Species of Minnesota is a poetic journey into the strange and wonderful world known previously only to the wild. Take a walk through the woods of Minnesota, past the Salton Sea, into the high grass of the prairie, beyond the rivers and creekbeds, into a world of the near-future where nature rules all. After all, the biggest ecological danger of invasive species is the monoculture they create.

The Guide to Invasive Species of Minnesota by Amelia Gorman is a unique concept to a post-apocalyptic tour through poetry. By discovering the multiple complexities in the poems, the dark and twisted Mississippi plants and creatures show how humankind has ignored the planet and how the planet is doing likewise in turn. It took several reads to understand the layers, as most poems do, to reveal the full darkness within. Each poem brings a perspective from the species indicated, even to emotional depths of bittersweet love in Mute Swan and Grecian Foxglove. For those who enjoy dark poetry, I highly recommend the read.

 out of 5 ravens.

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