Natalie Eilbert

Forthcoming May 2023

Natalie Eilbert’s highly anticipated third collection, Overland, invokes elegy and psalm to speak to assault on the bodies of women and our planet. In a collection that is part warning, part rumination, Eilbert snapshots violence — the scorch marks on California lumber, the discarded tools used to arrest climate change activists, the crescent moons on skin photographed by a forensic nurse. A chronicling of the 1969 Santa Barbara oil spill and death cycles of the Great Barrier Reef, Overland maps an industry-scarred landscape that travels from coast to coast only to pause on the Congress floor where we are made to recognize: “Disappearance is active loss.” 

Whether collective or private, environmental or familial, in Overland no loss is overlooked as sestinas and sonnets are interspersed with weary reportage on the power and limits of witness. Here, language is mined—Latin roots are unearthed, ripped apart, and reproduced into anthimeria to describe an industry-obsessed society that is “plasticing”—all while words like “intercourse” and “consent” are named and reclaimed. From the longform associative verse of “The Lake” series, to the two lines of “Gunmetal Gray,” Eilbert proves her poetic versatility and stamina, writing in sonic lines as dynamic as the emotions she evokes. We emerge from these poems changed, having learned the truth of the words, “We lose / the world with deliberate focus.”

ISBN: 9781556596681

Format: Paperback

About the Author

A poet and a journalist, Natalie Eilbert has written about systemic power imbalances, leadership accountability and the ongoing fallout of climate change with an eye toward social and environmental justice. Overland, Eilbert’s third collection of poetry, uses naturalist observations to engage everyday catastrophes otherwise un-noteworthy, while also turning an eye toward endemic and systemic problems of authoritarian rule in the face of a dying planet. Poems from Overland have published in The New Yorker, POETRY, American Poetry Review, The Nation, …

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