Happy Earth Day from all of us at Copper Canyon Press! To celebrate, we offer Noah Warren’s poem “Wind”—a poem that beautifully shows the interdependence of humans and our planet.
On May 5th, join us at a special book launch featuring Noah reading from his new book, The Collected Stories, alongside Arthur Sze, Nikki Wallschlaeger, Kayleb Rae Candrilli, and Kelli Russell Agodon. Register for the event here, or scroll below for more info.
by Noah Warren
threw the pot of aloe from the balcony.
Bone yellow with a crackle glaze:
I was sitting close, I saw it teeter
on the railing, the iron swaying—
There are so many plants.
On slender, ringed necks
the old palms whipped up and down,
and shone, and broke
on the wind.
The squat ones nodded.
I was wearing my hat and above me
a lake of blue fire. Volts of cream
came swirling off
the mountains, rushed across it,
and, twisting, tore apart.
I was walking up into the foothills,
I walked and walked. The day changed
in its sad, orange way.
I was unfree as the flowering pear trees,
unfree as the brown-cap birds tearing
the petals from their branches,
Warm rocks at my back,
valley in front of me. Oh valley
dark in the shadow, and dark in the light.
Get the Book
This spring, all the books featured in our National Poetry Month series—including The Complete Stories—are available as gifts when you donate to Copper Canyon Press. Make your gift of $35 or above using the form below, and receive one or more books from our new season:
- $35 = choose one book
- $50 = choose two books
- $75 or $100 = choose three books
- $125 or $150 = receive all five books
Choose from these new and forthcoming poetry collections:
- Waterbaby, Nikki Wallschlaeger (available April 6)
- The Glass Constellation: New and Collected Poems, Arthur Sze (available April 13)
- Water I Won’t Touch, Kayleb Rae Candrilli (available April 20)
- Dialogues with Rising Tides, Kelli Russell Agodon (available April 27)
- The Complete Stories, Noah Warren (available May 18)
Launch Party Livestream Spring 2021
Join us Wednesday, May 5, 2021 at 5:00pm PT for our spring Launch Party Livestream—an online poetry reading, benefit, and celebration of five new books from our spring season, featuring Kelli Russell Agodon, Kayleb Rae Candrilli, Arthur Sze, Nikki Wallschlaeger, and Noah Warren.
Each poet will read from their new collection, and we’ll end the evening with a Q&A and opportunity to support Copper Canyon Press. Registration is free through Zoom, and all are welcome. See you there!