December 29th, 2011 11:37 EST
Judyth Piazza interviews Will Nixon, Author of My Late Mother as a Ruffed Grouse
Will Nixon grew up in the Connecticut suburbs, spent his young adulthood in Hoboken and Manhattan, then moved to a Catskills log cabin in 1996 complete with a wood stove and mice.
For years, he wrote environmental journalism, then turned to poetry and personal essays. His work has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize and listed in Best American Essays 2004. He now lives in Woodstock, NY with a wall thermostat for heat, but still can`t get rid of the mice.
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Judyth Piazza chats with Will Nixon, Author and Poet
Love in the City of Grudges
Called a poetic coming of age story "this collection ranges from tales about a childhood swimming hole to college misadventures in the California desert to a snowbound holiday with a Jewish girlfriend who wanted to crown her first Christmas tree with a black bra. There are stories of gentrifying Hoboken in the 1980s, plus a recasting of the poet`s family as zombies from Night of the Living Dead."
My Late Mother as a Ruffed Grouse
"A born storyteller loosely chronicles his life from a suburban childhood to young adulthood in Hoboken and Manhattan to his escape to a Catskills log cabin in narrative poems " that strike a rare balance between a child`s sense of wonder and a skeptic`s dry, knowing assessment of the world. Along the way the poems recall childhood pranks with a chemistry set, lusty assaults on Manhattan, the rise and fall of a marriage, a Thoreauvian flight to the mountains, and the loss of loved ones, including a mother who did, indeed, return one day as a ruffed grouse, a feathered cannonball."
"At a poetry gathering one evening, Michael Perkins and Will Nixon decided to walk across Woodstock, not just the modern town of busy roads but the older village of bluestone quarries, abandoned forest paths, and mountain views they had all to themselves. Walking Woodstock collects their adventures, many first published in the Woodstock Times, that ranged from the delights of finding spring flowers to the fears of a mountain rescue. Full of humor, history, friendship, nature, hikers` lore, and walkers` musings, these journeys reveal the wild heart that beats in all of us when we set forth to explore our terrain on foot."