Mistaking the Sea for Green Fields: Poems
In her first book, Mistaking the Sea for Green Fields, Ashley Capps sounds like the voice of a fresh generation of poets, where the familiar turns suddenly elliptical, straight talk goes engagingly crooked, and the lyric negotiates with the matter-of-fact. Desperate for something solid to believe in, Capps still mistrusts authority, feeling disenchanted with God, family, eros, even her own impulsive self. And yet while the absence of faith hints at despair, these poems often achieve, almost in spite of themselves, an odd buoyancy.
If I looked for a single adjective to describe her poems, I would come up with the word “courageous.” She has already achieved a great deal.—Gerald Stern
Ashley Capps tackles the desolations of spirit and personal history with such astonishing vitality that the green tangle of music, sadness, and formal resourcefulness of this book seems not only redemptive, but heroic.—Dean Young
Again and again these stunning poems give testament to Thomas Moore’s famous dictum that the beast at the center of the labyrinth is also an angel. This book breaks my heart, even as it mends it.—Cathy Smith Bowers
University of Akron Press
Capps, Ashley, "Mistaking the Sea for Green Fields: Poems" (2006). The University of Akron Press Publications. 103.