“Andrea Spofford has made emotion science, and science emotion..These transcendently wise poems…converse with astronomy, ecology, meteorology, seismology, zoology; they leap into the adulterated mix.”

—Angela Ball, Author of Night Clerk at the Hotel of Both Worlds

“Andrea Spofford’s debut collection is an engaging eco-poetical Bildungsroman in which Nancy Drew becomes a verb, traversed geographies stretch from hippodromes to sandstone caves, and vantage points move from the naturalist’s eye to the panoramic gaze of an explorer compelled by the personal histories of place. Spofford’s meticulous and striking images lead us to want to hear about it all.”

—Rebecca Morgan Frank, Author of Little Murders Everywhere

“Andrea Spofford’s voice is by turns headlong and meticulous, urgent and careful… Spofford’s lines are more than gorgeous: they blur and clarify, growl and sing…[her] first book is paroxysmal, breathless, and beautiful, teeming with flame and shadow.”

—William Wright, Series Editor of The Southern Poetry Anthology, Author of Tree Heresies 

“Andrea Spofford’s aptly titled collection The Pine Effect is at once like taking a guided walk into a ‘crest of tumble,’ ‘field full’ and, as if in a ‘Tennessee quilt,’ you are transfixed by the mysterious beauty of language–surprising and sharp, marked by precision and originality. Spofford’s poems teach you how to live in this world again or for the first time…”

—Julia Johnson, Author of The Falling Horse