The Metaphorest is a collection of nature poems, but not just any nature poems. These contemporary poems are in line with current, ecological discoveries and philosophies. The themes of The Metaphorest fit into many of the new words and terms that are becoming salient in these times – Symbiocene, Wood Wide Web, Anthropocene, Grammar of Animacy, Mutualism, and Mycorrhizal Networks. My neologism is an addition to this list of terms; metaphorest is a synthesis of metaphor and forest. The poems in this collection find delight not only in the existence of so many creatures but the metaphorical language that they provide us with.
Martin Settle is a writer in Charlotte, NC. Settle has taught English for 32 years, the last 17 of which were at UNC Charlotte. Mr. Settle has published six books (a memoir, an art design book, and four books of poetry). In addition, he has been awarded The Thomas McDill Award (North Carolina Poetry Society), The Poetry of Courage Award (North Carolina Poetry Society), the Nazim Hikmet Poetry Award, and the Griffin-Farlow Haiku Award.