Not For Luck

Not For Luck

Wheelbarrow Books

by Derek Sheffield

Published by: Michigan State University Press

Imprint: Wheelbarrow Books

94 Pages, 6.00 x 9.00 x 1.10 in

  • ISBN: 9781611863895
  • Published: January 2021



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Selected by Mark Doty for the 2019 Wheelbarrow Books Poetry Prize

In Not For Luck, Derek Sheffield ushers us into the beauty and grace that comes from giving attention to the interconnections that make up our lives. In particular, these poems explore a father’s relationship with his daughters, which is rooted in place and time. There is tenderness and an abiding ecological consciousness, but also loss and heartache, especially about environmental degradation. We are invited to listen to the languages of other beings. Through encounters with a herd of deer, a circle of salmon in a mountain creek, two bears on a stretch of coast, a river otter, and a shiny-eyed wood rat, these poems offer moments of wonder that celebrate our place as one species among many on our only earth.