The Larger Earth was recently selected by the Oregon State Library and Poetry Northwest magazine as one of the top 150 books of poetry published over the 150 years of Oregon statehood in honor of the state's Sesquicentennial.
The Larger Earth is a cycle of longer poems revolving around the figure of an astronaut who has returned to earth a changed man. These Descending Notes chronicle his journey into what it means to be human in a world of technology that worships progress.
"I found THE LARGER EARTH to be beautifully written and a pleasure to interact with. A strange mix between David Bowie (The Man Who Fell to Earth) and Ted Mooney's EASY TRAVEL TO OTHER PLANETS. Great!" - Mark Amerika, author of THE KAFKA CHRONICLES & SEXUAL BLOOD
"THE LARGER EARTH is a work that accumulates, its critique of society gaining force - and the struggles of the grounded astronaut gaining poignancy - through variation...Memmott has negotiated a place between literature and science fiction, a philosophical space from which begins to resonate a lyrical, original poetry." - Brian Evenson, Rain Taxi
"THE LARGER EARTH counts as the best writing Memmott's done yet: his metaphor of the ‘grounded astronaut' travels with uncanny speed across the late 20th-century landscape. Each poem within the cycle, moreover, can be read as a self-contained entity, possessing its own mood & character. I admired the simultaneously autobiographical & visionary feel of the cycle." - Andrew Joron, author of SCIENCE FICTION