The Thinking Root: The Poetry of Earliest Greek Philosophy (Paperback)
Acclaimed poet and translator Dan Beachy-Quick offers this newest addition to the Seedbank series: a warm, vivid rendering of the earliest Greek intellects, inviting us to reconsider writing, and thinking, as a way of living meaningfully in the world. "We have lost our sense of thinking as the experience that keeps us in the world," writes Beachy-Quick, and the figures rendered in The Thinking Root-Heraclitus, Anaximander, Empedocles, Parmenides, and others--are among the first examples we have in Western civilization of thinkers who used writing as to record their impressions of a world where intuition and observation, and spirit and nature, have yet to be estranged. In these pages, we find clear-eyed ideas searching for shapes and forms with which to order the world, and to reveal our life in flux. Drawn from "words that think," these ancient Greek texts are fresh and alive in the hands of Beachy-Quick, who translates with the empathy of one who knows that "a word is its own form of life." In aphorisms, axioms, vignettes, and anecdotes, these first theories of the world articulate a relationship to the world that precedes our story of its making, a world where "the beginning and the end are in common." A remarkable collection from one of our most accomplished poets, The Thinking Root renders a primary apprehension of life amidst life, a vision that echoes our gaze upon the stars.
Dan Beachy-Quick is the translator of The Thinking Root and Stone-Garland. He is also the author of nine collections of poems, three works of creative nonfiction, one novel, and a monograph on the work of John Keats. His work has been a winner of the Colorado Book Award, a finalist for the William Carlos Williams Prize and the PEN/USA Literary Award in Poetry, longlisted for the National Book Award for Poetry, and included in the Best American Poetry anthology. The recipient of a Lannan Foundation residency, his work has been supported by the Woodberry Poetry Room at Harvard University and the Guggenheim Foundation. He is a University Distinguished Teaching Scholar at Colorado State University, where he serves in the English department and teaches in the MFA program in creative writing.