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What the Ice Gets: Shackleton's Antarctic Expedition, 1914-1916
Blending historical, scientific, and literary scholarship with an impressive range of poetic forms, Melinda Mueller masterfully brings us the legendary tale of Sir Ernest Shackleton's Trans-Antarctic Expedition. What the Ice Gets is an adventure story, a requiem, and a love poem written to twenty-eight heroes and the mythic landscape they set out to explore but that instead explored them.
Melinda Mueller has published three previous collections of poetry. Her poems have been included in the Pushcart Prize XX and Best American Poetry 1990 anthologies and many literary journals. Born in Helena, Montana, she now lives in Seattle, where she teaches high school biology at Seattle Academy.
Both passionate and precise, this is a moving and powerful telling of one of the last century's greatest voyages. The ice has found a worthy poet.
—Andrea Barrett, author of The Voyage of the Narwhal
I greatly admire What the Ice Gets: its drive, its high intelligence, its passages of brilliant, bravado writing. . . . I'm hugely impressed by Mueller's handling of the Shackleton story.
—Jonathan Raban, author of Passage to Juneau
. . . This is the poem as survival thriller, impossible to put down.
In every culture poetry has been used to tell great stories. Not only the Greeks but the Ainu, the Norse, the Lakota, the Icelandic peoples come immediately to mind. We have told our histories both great and small . . . in verse ranging from classical Greek forms to the meters of ballads and hymns. Now we have Shackleton's saga in a poetry as various in its forms as the Antarctic ice, but more reliable. The history is as accurate as good scholarship can make it, and the beauty and terror of the events are brought to vivid life.
—from the foreword by poet and historian Gary Holthaus
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