Jeremy Dae Paden was born in Milan, Italy and raised in Central America and the Caribbean. He received his PhD in Latin American literature at Emory University and is an Associate Professor of Spanish at Transylvania University and also on faculty in Spalding’s low-residency MFA, where he teaches literary translation. He is the author of two previous chapbooks, Broken Tulips and Delicate Matters, the latter comprised of translations. His poems and translations have appeared widely in literary journals. He is a member of the Affrilachian Poets and resides in Lexington, Kentucky.
For sixty-nine days in 2010 the world held its collective breath while thirty-three men were trapped deep in a copper mine in Chile. The story of their survival and rescue is by now well-known, but through the poetry and imagination of Jeremy Paden the intimate humanity of this modern-day resurrection is rendered with exquisite feeling for the miners below and their loved ones above. Many of the individual miners appear here in poems inspired by their specific stories. But as suggested by the title (a term coined by Pliny to describe Roman hydraulic gold mining and its effect on the land), this is also a meditation on our relationship with our fragile planet.