In Blue Colonial, his prizewinning debut, David Roderick reimagines the past in order to explore the burdens of our historical inheritance: vanished Native American tribes, the seeds of American culture, and our physical and psychological encroachment upon the natural landscape. Whether he is writing about historical legacy or his own backyard, Roderick has arrived at a voice of distinct solitariness and precise observation. His strangely luminous book resonates with gravity, fine music, and a deep regard for being human in the world.
“David Roderick’s poems are exquisitely made with language that is rich and precise. He convinces us that we are all pilgrims committing our acts of courage as well as our little crimes. This book is immensely rewarding.” —James Tate
“Blue Colonial is a beautifully crafted collection that creates an astonishing elision between the present and seventeenth century Colonial America.” —Florida Review