Weathering Agents

Carole Greenfield

“A text of the erotic; an erotics of the earth.”  Weathering Agents, Carole Greenfield's first book of poems, takes the reader through the dizzying heights and downward plunges of passionate love, with geological terms as her main source for inspiration.  As poet Anne Germanacos observes, "Carole Greenfield’s Weathering Agents is a universe of the erotic. Taking us to the edge of time, Greenfield lets us know and understand geology through the always-present body. Scientific terms like “plucking,” “disconformity,” “heat flow” and “locked fault” are translated through the universe of the ecstatic human.  In turn, Greenfield touches edges of the erotic human as she speaks of the universe.” 

In addition to the many poems that explore aspects of desire, Greenfield's work also celebrates a deep love of  “language itself, with brilliantly observed details of an ordinary working day – sunrises, birds on the lawn, an orchid on the windowsill – with all the complications and entanglements and laughter and sadness and hope and rue that a fully lived life will yield,” as poet Alison Luterman notes.  Greenfield uses geology as metaphor to honor and to mourn, to praise and to elegize the people and places that have marked her heart. “'We go deep into one another,'” Greenfield says in one poem, and she does, and we follow her."