Abandoned Earth
Winner of the 2015 Gival Press Poetry Award
by Linwood D. Rumney

2017 Paris Book Festival Runner-Up for Poetry
2016 New England Book Festival Honorable Mention

2017 Kate Tufts Discovery Award
2017 Housatonic Book Award for Poetry
2017 Paris Book Festival for Poetry
2017 Before Columbus Foundation Award for Poetry
2017 CLMP Firecracker Award for Poetry
2017 Pushcart Prize
2016 William Carlos Williams Award for Poetry
2016 New England Book Festival Award for Poetry

Advance Praise:

”The poems in Linwood Rumney’s Abandoned Earth record a life measured in seasons and the lifespans of dogs. Through a childhood practicing pitches with overripe fruit and leveling water pistols at the sun, to the loves and losses of adulthood, Rumney catalogues the wildness that still has a will. In this book, beauty persists like a love story, a desire you can’t seem to shake or unlearn. Here is everything we deserve or want to. Here in these abandoned orchards, the apple is an image that never stops speaking, whether it is cut as a lesson or, with that terrible inevitability that waits for all of us, summoned by the ground.”
—Traci Brimhall, author of Our Lady of the Ruins, winner of the Barnard Women Poets Prize

“In Abandoned Earth, Linwood Rumney creates a world both menacing and comforting at once. While wide-eyed with wonder at life’s sorrows, joys and mysteries, he maintains an understated tone that enables him to relate even the strangest events with a measured and convincing voice. This beautifully written collection contains what few books of poetry manage: high spirits, a keen eye and, above all, an embracing wisdom.”
—John Skoyles, Ploughshares Poetry Editor and author of Suddenly Its Evening: Selected Poems

“This wonderful first collection reveals Rumney as a poet of great tonal and formal range. It wields a poetics hewn from dull jackknives, unpolished stones, and harsh northeastern winters—as luminous and dangerous as the ice that breaks branches with its weight. Yet it also traverses warmer climates, startling with wry odes and candid wit, transforming every object of the mundane into ‘a startling and unlikely jewel’”.
—Danielle Cadena Deulen, author of Our Emotions Get Carried Away from Us, winner of the Barrow Street Prize.

“I love the clarity and precision of Linwood Rumney’s poems and his restrained yet intense voice. Intense because it is restrained, pressurized by his deft use of stanzaic structures and forms. Robert Frost and William Carlos Williams seem to be among his influences, but his voice and vision are clearly his own. Rumney writes about the natural world and the human world, and he sees in both of them a terrible excess and a brutal lack. But, as in A Mystery on the Greyhound Bus, he also recognizes that simple beauty persists, like the finch feeding her chicks in a bus station eave while a man on the platform, both laughing and crying, waves to a woman on the departing bus. Far more than simple beauty, that image—and Rumney’s poetry throughout this book—is resonant and complex in the most compelling way”.
—Eric Nelson, judge and author of Some Wonder: poems