Personal Volcano

A mesmerizing exploration of the intensity and power of volcanoes in personal, geologic, and spiritual time.



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WINNER of the Firecracker Award

FINALIST for the Golden Poppy Awards


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Weight 0.59375 lbs
Dimensions 8 × 8 in

Personal Volcano explores the history of volcano-related catastrophes worldwide, meditating on ecopoetics and climate catastrophes to come. Volcanoes have caused famines, even extinction — yet, in the context of geologic time, much like human beings, they take up barely a moment.



Laura Moriarty has unique wit and humor—and perhaps the most perceptive engagement with words that anyone’s had for years.

-Robert Creeley
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ISBN: 9781937658960 W
136 pp, 8 x 8
Publication Date: May 2019

Within these pages, the writer-volcanologist re-imagines the poetic act to highlight the intersections, not only between literary genres — travelogue, prose poem, dramatic monologue, investigative lyric, autobiography — but also between various discourses, voices, and rhetorical strategies. The upshot of such a heteroglossic, relational structure is that Volcano complicates each individual strand and doubles it with a persistent questioning of one’s own positionality.

Laura Moriarty was born in St. Paul, Minnesota, and grew up in Cape Cod, Massachusetts and Northern California. She attended the University of California at Berkeley. She was the Director …

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