Traveling the labyrinthine roads of estrangement and longing, Todd Hearon's haunting debut collection chronicles the twin paths of isolation and desire in the search for meaning and union with others. On his pilgrimage through the lost worlds of earth and the soul, the speaker encounters drought in both the literal and spiritual sense as he confronts desolate landscapes: from the brown remnants of ruined cities to the depths of the human heart and man's capacity for utter destruction. Yet even though he frequently encounters darkness, he never ceases to seek beauty. He is a man who wears many faces, from Adam, staring down a bleak future bereft of Paradise, to doomed poet Shelley, drowned off the coast of Italy. He speaks as a man adrift in his own life, seeking an answer to his emptiness, an estranged traveler through memory and longing. Lyrical and intense, ""Strange Land"" is a quest for understanding and human connection.
Todd Hearon is a poet, playwright, and fiction writer. His poems, translations, and reviews haveappeared in"The Southern Review," " The New Republic," " Harvard Review," " Partisan Review," " AGNI," "Literary Imagination," "Ploughshares," "Poetry," "Poetry London," and"Slate." He has been the recipient of numerous awards, including a 2007 PEN New England Discovery Award; the 2007 Friends of Literature Prize from"Poetry"magazine; a Dobie Paisano writing fellowship from the University of Texas at Austin; and a Paul Green Playwrights Prize."