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Love in the Cretaceous

"LOVE IN THE CRETACEOUS turns everything you learned from JURASSIC PARK on its head. In Robertson's Oregon, one hundred years from now, dinosaurs roam the Earth, while humans are busy cutting off their own exit. Robertson, a notable local poet and fiction writer, throws his readers into the soup with love, loss, and extinction (and a very sinister cameo); the thrills in this one are metaphysical as well as primordial, as you'll see when you dip in." - SEATTLE REVIEW OF BOOKS

Hope Speaks

The poems in this book were written within an idea, a big idea, which is that our culture needs to rethink its entire relationship to the biosphere, to Gaia, and that our poetry should share in that rethinking and refeeling. All the old themes of love and death, beauty and truth, need to be refelt in terms of Gaia and the entire history of the Universe.

Peculiar Pioneer

A short novel about racism in pioneer Oregon.

Isaac McClure begins his account:

My problem was I was caught between my mother's world and my father's. My whole life would be the story of that.

The earliest memories I have of my mother are of the tenderness of her touch, of the heavenly blue of her eyes and the angelic sweetness of her smile, of the way her hugs and caresses took away all agitation and suffering from my toddler's heart. I close my eyes these many years later, and I can hear even now the Ehattesaht lullabies she would sing to me as I lay snugly tucked into my bed under the thick Hudson's Bay Company blankets.I learned to sing these songs myself and would ask her for their meaning in English.

"A little otter with its belly poking up above the water, you are my little otter with belly above the water," she would chant melodiously in her native tongue; or, "I suppose you will be a whale-person stealing harpoons from the big whaling canoes;" or, "My little seal-hunter, my little man, you will be a slayer of bullseals;" or, "You are paddling far out to sea, my little warrior. You are paddling in a great war canoe, my little man."

She told me wondrous tales too, as soon as I was old enough to understand, or rather told the same tale over and over, using different animals but with the same main characters. I'd beg her for a story, for the one story again, and she'd tell me about the walruses or the sea lions or the killer whales. The openings would vary a bit, but the endings in my mother's versions would always involve the little daughter of sea eagle or of frog or of bear asking her mother if her father would ever come home.

Odes to the Ki of the Universe. 2nd rev. ed.

This is the 2nd revised edition of this collection of poems, many of them long poems, that re-evaluates our moment in time in terms of the ecology of the biosphere and the entire history of the Universe. It is a spiritual book that is based on solid science as well as the author's empirical experiences as an aikidoist.


The Green Force of Spring

(Production Studio)
Prize-winning poems from 1987-1994, never before collected into a book.


Contemporary tales of married love and sustainability.

The Gaian Odes

"This is one of the most original and powerful books of poetry you can find: a series of independent, inter-related, flowing expressions of ways of seeing the world and all life in it that makes existence an experience of a fantastic reality--not a fantasy but a reality that is more like--in Thoreau's words--'an Arabian Nights' entertainment' than we think. Howard Robertson offers here a mastery of language and vision that's rare in literature at all times but, gratefully, present for us now." --Gordon Grigsby

The Bricolage of Kotegaeshi

"Beautiful. Truly remarkable. The tremendous breadth I am accustomed to finding in Howard W. Robertson's work is here constricted by a narrative shape of such concision and grace that every line bristles with a double motion: the forward-moving pressure of the narrative and a simultaneous bursting outward. Superb!"
--Matthew Stadler

Ode to certain interstates and Other Poems

“Robertson brings a lifetime of learning into poems written in a radically new line. He flows easily between the domestic and political, sociological and philosophical. He reaches a standard that seems no longer to exist in the current poetry culture. He is growing into a major poet.”
--The Stranger

to the fierce guard in the Assyrian Saloon

“The delight of this book is its constant surprise. Its physical and contemplative world is where the quotidian meets the sublime. Robertson reminds us that living is a beautiful and terrible mystery that is best faced with humor, endurance, and love; his intense language makes this reminder powerful.”
--Ahsahta Press