ESCAPE TO THE WILD: the nature poetry and prose of t. kilgore splake
Wood Thrush Books, 2022
132 pages, paperback
Although t. kilgore splake is widely known in the small press world as a boho-beat poet, he has the heart and soul of an outdoor/nature writer. ESCAPE TO THE WILD is a selection of his poetry and prose, spanning over four decades, that illustrates this. splake’s rejection of comfortable academia and immersion in the wild country of Michigan’s Upper Peninsula enabled him to fully realize his creative and creaturely self. During this process, he gradually discovered how the sensual and spiritual realms are intertwined. This comes out loud and clear in his later work. While tramping through the backcountry, trout fishing, or simply admiring the many moods of the elemental world, splake revels in a natural existence, sometimes wondering out loud what lies beyond it.