The book is a true Livingston collaboration: written by a Livingston poet, published by Livingston’s Riverfeet Press, and featuring artwork and a cover design by Livingston artists Storrs Bishop and Megan Eubank. Life List also includes an introduction by J. Drew Lanham, acclaimed author of The Home Place: A Colored Man’s Love Affair with Nature.
“A kind of field guide in poetry, Life List pays tribute to the birds that have flown through Beaudin’s years of watching and listening, through his attempts to render in language the precarious circumstances of being alive. With a sharp critique of environmental, social and political issues, along with haunting ruminations on loss, love and the passing of time, these poems fill the skies with a feathered grace.”
Rick Bass notes, “In Life List, Beaudin combines the eye of the poet with that of the naturalist. Passionate yet mature, this is Beaudin’s most inspired and finest work. Every Montanan should own it, and ever birder. Every reader.”
“The poems are exquisite and full of life like the birds themselves,” writes Terry Tempest Williams. “In each poem we find clarity and compassion as we stand on the razor-edge of uncertainty. This is a tender and generative book.”
Life List includes over 20 monotypes created by Bishop to accompany select poems from the collection. His “Kingfisher” is featured on the cover.
Beaudin, an Absaroka-Beartooth Wilderness Foundation artist-in-residence, is a poet, theatre artist and naturalist. He is the author of Vagabond Song: Neo-Haibun from the Peregrine Journals, and several other books, chapbooks and plays. His work has appeared in numerous journals including Cutthroat, High Desert Journal and Whitefish Review, and has been widely anthologized in publications fighting for environmental and social justice.
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Life List will be available for purchase at Elk River Books, as well as online at shop.elkriverbooks.com, before, during and after the event. Signed copies will be available. For more information, call (406) 333-2330.