David Bottoms explores otherness, the death of parents, and private spirituality. Images of rural Georgia confront the changing landscape of his memories where he searches for refuge in quiet places of prayer. Rooted in nature, Bottoms’ poetry affirms the “tenuous ways tenderness seeps into the world” and the loneliness inherent in memory. Memory is “smoke off a damp fire” as Bottoms explores absence, a contemplative inner life, and changing landscapes.
David Bottoms is the author of eight books of poetry and has received the Walt Whitman Award, as well as fellowships from the NEA and Guggenheim Foundation. He served as Poet Laureate of Georgia for twelve years and currently holds the Amos Distinguished Chair in English at Georgia State University.