Selected Works

Many poems are set on the author's hundred-acre farm, now a young forest filled with coyotes, birds, and deer.
"An 'effortless' virtuoso, with mind and heart and eye in perfect working order, Judith Moffett deserves the closest attention and the highest praise."
–James Merrill
science fiction
Aliens arrive on Earth determined to save the planet from its human abusers. The first volume of the Holy Ground Trilogy
Two young Apprentices at the Hefn-run Bureau of Temporal Physics are caught up in the conflict between aliens and humans and determine its outcome.
"Pam Pruitt! is! is! is! a shaman!" The third volume in the Holy Ground Trilogy.
A young botanist who is HIV-positive struggles to keep her condition secret and survive in a world of AIDS riots, power-plant meltdowns, and an alien takeover of Earth.
A four-way struggle between two groups of human settlers with differing values, the "primitive" indigenous inhabitants, and the planet Pennterra itself.
Creative Nonfiction
Bees and ducks in the suburbs.
Swedish Translation
Selected poems in formal translation, with en face text, critical and biographical introductory essays, and notes.
Poetry Criticism
A book-length critical study of this poet renowned for his elegant, witty, technically stunning, and profoundly moving poetry.

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James Merrill: An Introduction to the Poetry

In 1973, James Merrill's collection Braving the Elements received the Bollingen Prize for its author's "wit and delight in language, his exceptional craft, his ability to enter into personalities other than his own, and sustained vitality." The Bollingen judges could appreciate all that, but other serious and dedicated readers of poetry sometimes have found it difficult, for various reasons, to get into Merrill's work, which can itself be difficult. This book was written from a desire to help make the splendors of his moving and beautiful poetry more widely available. The book describes his major themes (memory, time, masking, passion, the family drama, and his own childhood, among others), discusses his literary influences (Proust, Byron, Mallarme, etc.), and provides a kind of Masterplot for Merrill's controversial Ouija trilogy The Changing Light at Sandover; it also talks in detail about the technical means by which his marvelously clever and emotionally powerful art has been achieved.