Moment to Moment: Poems of a Mountain Recluse (Paperback)

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I discovered David Budbill when I read an article that he had written for the Utne Reader which discussed the value of the hermit as political activist. Budbill lives a reclusive life on "Judevine Mountain" in Vermont. I was drawn to this article because I myself had recently decided to flee city life and head for Vermont. His incredibly well-crafted, intelligent, and wry article totally convinced me that I was headed in the right direction. I read his poetry later when I heard he was coming to read at the bookstore. Budbill's wise, witty poems reverberate with the power of ancient Chinese poets, yet this ancient wisdom is turned pointedly and uniquely at human nature and modern culture. One can't help chuckling and feeling refreshed when reading his poetry.


Alternating between the loveable irrascibility and self-mocking humor reminiscent of the poet Cold Mountain (Han Shan), Budbill's poems view the modern world from the viewpoint of a New England hermit-scholar. Remarkable for their generous spirit, accessibility and biting criticism, these poems present a poet of strong mind and voice.

"Budbill both informs and moves. He is, in short, a delight and a comfort."- Wendell Berry

"Budbill writes out of the real, contemporary, New England, not from the past, not from the cellar holes. He speaks from the New England which is Appalachia - poverty, exploitation, and good people."-Donald Hall

David Budbill is the author of numerous books of poetry, ?ction, and drama, and is an occasional commentator on NPR's "All Things Considered." With bassist William Parker, Budbill performs a duet collaboration entitled "Zen Mountains / Zen Streets." He lives in rural Vermont.

About the Author

For the past thirty-five years, David Budbill has lived on a remote mountain in northern Vermont. His awards include fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation and National Endowment for the Arts, as well as a lifetime achievement award from the Vermont Arts Council. A former commentator on NPR's All Things Considered, his poetry is featured frequently on Garrison Keillor's The Writer's Almanac.

Product Details
ISBN: 9781556591334
ISBN-10: 1556591330
Publisher: Copper Canyon Press
Publication Date: September 1st, 1999
Pages: 121
Language: English
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