Jump to ratings and reviews
Rate this book

The Pine Effect

Rate this book
Andrea Spofford’s debut poetry collection locates self within geographical experience, examining the intersection of person and place. Addressing themes of history, transformation, and youth, this collection explores the idea of poet as alchemist and scientist, explorer and observer.

“Somehow, Andrea Spofford has made emotion science, and science emotion. Everywhere in this collection is the pleasure of learning more than you were prepared for, and of leaving learning behind in favor of transformation...These transcendently wise poems show how life muddles designations like ‘natural’ and ‘human,’ ‘coeval and ‘historical.’ They converse with astronomy, ecology, meteorology, seismology, zoology; they leap into the adulterated mix.”
—Angela Ball
author of Night Clerk at the Hotel of Both Worlds

"Andrea Spofford's debut collection is an engaging eco-poetical Bildungsroman in which Nancy Drew becomes a verb, traversed geographies stretch from hippodromes to sandstone caves, and vantage points move from the naturalist's eye to the panoramic gaze of an explorer compelled by the personal histories of place.'I want to tell you about sinking ships—Andrea Doria, Monitor, RMS Rhone./ I want to tell you about black holes, twenty-million bats in darkness'- Spofford's meticulous and striking images lead us to want to hear about it all."
—Rebecca Morgan Frank
author of Little Murders Everywhere

80 pages, Paperback

First published April 1, 2015

Loading interface...
Loading interface...

About the author

Andrea Spofford

3 books8 followers

Ratings & Reviews

What do you think?
Rate this book

Friends & Following

Create a free account to discover what your friends think of this book!

Community Reviews

5 stars
7 (50%)
4 stars
5 (35%)
3 stars
1 (7%)
2 stars
1 (7%)
1 star
0 (0%)
Displaying 1 - 2 of 2 reviews
Profile Image for Caitlynn Day.
43 reviews
May 3, 2015
I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an unbiased review through the Goodreads Giveaway program.

First off, I'd just like to mention how much I love the cover art for this.

Second, the contents of the book. All of the poems were beautiful as well. The way the words flowed together, the imagery, all of it. I don't read poetry often but this made me want to go out and buy more chapbooks. A lot of these poems just made me want to go outside and explore and have an adventure.
Profile Image for John.
447 reviews15 followers
June 2, 2015
I'd like to start off by saying that I have to agree with "Caitlynn Day" about the cover art, I love it for it's simplicity and effect. As for the poetry, I have never been a big fan, but I have to say that I really enjoyed these. Thanks for sharing Andrea! I won this great book on GoodReads and like I do with most my wins I will be paying it forward by giving my win either to a friend or library to enjoy.
Displaying 1 - 2 of 2 reviews

Can't find what you're looking for?

Get help and learn more about the design.