Field Guide A Tempo by Henry Walters
Prompted by Thoreau’s thought-experiment, Field Guide A Tempo is a topographical map of sounds, a landscape that changes pace, from ballad to dirge to lullaby, tracing the contours of those rhythms that give form and voice to Time itself. As the poet Rosanna Warren wrote, “Henry Walters’ poems are exuberantly ‘out of bounds’ and ‘in accord,’ inventing new edges for their passions in a wild sophistication of verse forms and private mythologies. Unafraid of ecstasy, this poet has stolen Hermes’ tortoise-lyre and on it he plays tunes at once ancient and violently new. Every line ignites.” Henry Walters was born in Chicago in 1984 and grew up in Indiana and southern Michigan. He studied Latin and Greek at Harvard College, beekeeping in Sicily, and falconry in Ireland. He has worked as a teacher, a naturalist, a practicing falconer, and a steward of a wildlife sanctuary. His poems, translations, and essays have appeared in a range of publications, from The Old Farmer’s Almanac to The American Guide to Hawk Migration Studies, and he is the recipient of Better Magazine’s 2013 prize for poetry. He currently lives in the beech and hemlock woods of Dublin, NH, where he coordinates the New Hampshire Young Birders Club and acts as Secretary for Experimental Living at Dublin School. Free and open to all.