Field Notes by Charles Butterfield was a finalist in our 2012 Annual Chapbook Contest.
These poems will draw the reader into the world of a man and his dog, but ultimately, they are about the human response.
“The author of this collection has spent fifty years raising, training and living with dogs and the results are irresistible to all who have or admire them. Butterfield is also capable of a lyricism that bites, as “from a poplar crotch / a satiated black ball / a corona / of quills descend[s].”
— Maxine Kumin, former U.S. and N.H. poet laureate, and winner of the Pulitzer and Ruth Lilly Prizes.
“In his poem “Invisible Fence,” Charles Butterfield laments being “restrained in my species’ darkness / by a phantom fence / that closes around my words.” The poems in Field Notes leap over that imagined fence to create a world where humans and dogs interact in fascinating ways. These tightly written poems are filled with wonder and spirit, and a deep knowledge of the connections between dogs and people.”
— Wyn Cooper, Author of Chaos Is the New Calm (BOA Editions, Ltd. 2010).