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In Search of Small Gods [Paperback]

Jim Harrison
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Aug. 17 2010

"Funny and tender beneath a wry and gruff seen-it-all veneer, Harrison contemplates death, discerns divinity in every stone and leaf, and nobility in ordinary lives, and laughs at our attempts to separate ourselves from the rest of nature."—Booklist

"His poems succeed on the basis of an open heart and a still-ravenous appetite for life."—The Texas Observer

Now in paperback, Jim Harrison's best-selling poetry book In Search of Small Gods is where birds and humans converse, autobiographies are fluid, and unknown gods flutter just out of sight. In terrains real and imagined—from remote canyons and anonymous thickets in the American West to secret basements in World War II Europe—Harrison calls upon readers to live fully in a world where "Death steals everything except our stories."

Maybe the problem is that I got involved with the wrong crowd of
gods when I was seven. At first they weren't harmful and only showed
themselves as fish, birds, especially herons and loons, turtles, a bobcat
and a small bear, but not deer and rabbits who only offered themselves
as food. And maybe I spent too much time inside the water of
lakes and rivers. Underwater seemed like the safest church I could
go to . . .

Jim Harrison is one of America's most versatile and celebrated writers. He is the author of over thirty books of poetry, fiction, and nonfiction, including Legends of the Fall and Dalva. His work has been translated into two dozen languages. He lives in Arizona and Montana.


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Jim Harrison: Jim Harrison, one of America’s most versatile and celebrated writers, is the author of thirty books of poetry, fiction, and nonfiction—including Legends of the Fall, the acclaimed trilogy of novellas, and The Shape of the Journey: New and Collected Poems. His books have been translated into two dozen languages, and in 2007 he was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Letters. With a fondness for open space and anonymous thickets, he divides his time between Montana and southern Arizona.


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5.0 out of 5 stars Thought inspiring Dec 30 2013
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
My son introduced me to the writings of Jim Harrison a few years ago. Each time I visit with him, I enjoy a different book and sometimes end up buying a copy for myself. This was one of those times.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The greatest living author in the U.S. Jan. 17 2010
Format:Hardcover
The gentleness, beauty, simplicity and truth of Jim Harrison's work brings great joy. The crusty old bastard just keeps getting better.

Jonathan Churchill
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5.0 out of 5 stars Who but Harrison has poems in Playboy and Earth First! Journal June 25 2009
By Kodiak B. - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
When you read this brilliant book, don't ignore the acknowledgements section. (Yes, I even read the copyright page...) What you'll discover is that poems from this book have been published in a dizzying range of publications, including the canonical "Poetry," the radical "Earth First! Journal," Garrison Keillor's folksy "Writer's Almanac," and the needs-no-introduction "Playboy." These publications suggest many of Harrison's themes: art, nature, the joys of physical bodies rubbing against each other (or not!), not to mention the intention of the title: the active search for small gods. For Harrison, the small gods--and the evidence of the gods--are animals, plants, birds, a remote spring in the woods, the charge one feels walking into a secret canyon. One particularly beautiful poem is "I Believe," which begins "I believe in steep drop-offs..." and goes on to enumerate the many things that the poet believes, including leaky wooden boats, brush piles, and "the fluttering of unknown gods that I nearly see / from the left corner of my blind eye." The book itself is organized into three sections, the center section being a collection of densely imaginative prose poems. I've read all of Harrison's thirty-some books (fiction, poetry, essays, memoir), and it's the poetry I return to again and again. "In Search of Small Gods" has earned a permanent place in my library.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Harrison as poet July 4 2009
By K. E. S. - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
In my opinion Harrison's prose has always been poetry so it seems natural he should write beautiful touching poetry. I believe he has said before that poetry should not be truly understood; this book touches my soul and my heart and remains enigmatic. I live in Montana and am drawn to the land here as I am his poetry.
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5.0 out of 5 stars In Search of Small Gods Feb. 20 2011
By S. Gemmill - Published on Amazon.com
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Jim Harrison is one of our most versatile writers and this book of poems is no exception. His prose poems range from the hysterically funny -- like his impersonating a famous physiologist to gain access to the world's fastest female runner -- to the stream-of-consciousness style of "Advice." Those small gods of daily life are exposed again and again in this book. Harrison has done the searching for us.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Very Good, but... Feb. 20 2011
By JimAhern - Published on Amazon.com
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For me, this is a book that needs more than one reading, it is a book that sits on the night stand offering itself frequently, it is a book that shades itself with the reader's mood, it is a book that is easy to reject yet begs of acceptance, it is a book for easy reading until a meter is inflicted, it is a book with ripples on the surface running deep. I would recommend.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Worth reading Dec 22 2013
By Tom Eastwood - Published on Amazon.com
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Not all poetry, some short stories or thoughts. Would consider reading more of his poetry as has interesting and direct outlooks.
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