Hive Mind

About the Book

With the lyrical precision of Annie Dillard and the exquisite food writing of M.F.K. Fisher, Gabrielle Myers takes us on a Northern California idyll – an internship at the Tip Top Farm and Produce in Vacaville. Mystery of the land gives way to the mysteries of the human heart in an ending at odds with the beauty of fields and farm.

"In powerful lyric prose that sometimes can't help give way to poetry... Gabrielle Myers sings her own, very personal love song to the soil under all of our feet. The voice in Hive-Mind is complicated, edgy, vulnerable and deeply in love with fig trees, cherry tomatoes, and the sound of crickets on a hundred and ten degree summer day. In these dark, environmentally catastrophic times, we need books like this one to shake us out of our slumber, remind us where we came from, reconnect us to what we are."

     -- Pam Houston, Author Contents May Have Shifted

About the Author

Gabrielle, an Associate Professor of English at San Joaquin Delta College, went to graduate school in her early thirties to earn an M.A. in English from the University of California at Davis and an M.F.A. in Creative Writing from Saint Mary’s College of California. Her poems and essays have been published in professional journals and literary magazines. She coauthored a nutrition book, The New Prostate Cancer Nutrition Book. Access links to her poems, essays, and recipe blog through her website: http://www.gabriellemyers.com

"In powerful lyric prose that sometimes can't help give way to poetry...Gabrielle Myers sings her own, very personal love song to the soil under all of our feet. The voice in Hive-Mind is complicated, edgy, vulnerable and deeply in love with fig trees, cherry tomatoes, and the sound of crickets on a hundred and ten degree summer day. In these dark, environmentally catastrophic times, we need books like this one to shake us out of our slumber, remind us where we came from, reconnect us to what we are."

   -- Pam Houston, Author Contents May Have Shifted

"It's gorgeous. The writing is so precise and riveting that you can't tear yourself away from any moment. Myers is a writer of elegance and heart, and also of extraordinary intelligence. I'm not quite sure how you create this hardhearted and yet spiritually elevated work; but she has somehow managed it. It's a remarkable experience to read this book. So please do."

  -- Wesley Gibson, author of Personal Saviors

"... I know I will return to this intimate examination of experience, which offers insightful, hard-earned revelation. As one reads this text, what begins implicitly, suggestively teased forth by Myers' deftly honed articulation of event, will be a strongly intensifying respect for how individuals come to understand each other, and how we come to understand some of the great challenges of our human condition, in all our unique particularity."

  -- Rusty Morrison, publisher of Omnidawn Books, and author of Beyond the Chainlink

"In a daring mix of poetry and prose, Gabrielle Myers explores desire and rot, walking close to the plum blossom's open mouth. I admire this book completely."

  -- Marilyn Abildskov author of The Men In My Country



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