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Simmons B. Buntin is the author of Unsprawl: Remixing Spaces as Places (2013, Planetizen Press) with Ken Pirie.

He has also published two books of poetry: Bloom, published in 2010 by Ireland's Salmon Poetry, and Riverfall, published in 2005, also from Salmon Poetry.

Unsprawl: Remixing Spaces as Places

Unsprawl, by Simmons B. Buntin with Ken PirieUnwinding the unsustainable ways in which we’ve built our communities over the last half-century is the most pressing challenge confronting planning, design and development today. Utilizing a dozen case studies from throughout North America, Unsprawl examines the visionary, controversial and ultimately successful strategies employed to introduce new patterns of development into a regulatory, cultural and financial landscape structured to encourage sprawl.

As architect Galina Tachieva notes in her foreword, “Whether they are downtown redevelopments, new greenfield villages, retrofits or ambitious sustainability experiments, the projects in this book demonstrate the long-needed revival of our thinking about urbanism.”

Learn more about Unsprawl: Remixing Spaces as Places, and order your copy.


Bloom, by Simmons B. BuntinSet largely in the rugged but resplendent borderlands of Arizona and Sonora, Mexico—and ranging as far afield as the Israeli desert, the Sweden of his mother’s youth, the Midway Atoll, and Hiroshima, Japan, on the 40th anniversary of the dropping of the atomic bomb—Simmons B. Buntin’s second collection of poems, Bloom, gathers unexpected insight from our built and natural landscapes to blossom into poems of striking beauty and stunning realization. Shine, the book’s first section, ranges from the violet light of the last night in Eden to a daughter’s coming of age and desire. Flare, the second section, weaves from roadside wildflowers to an evening in SoHo to a mother’s memory of Nazi bombers overhead before her own storied migrations to America. And Inflorescence, the final section, braids the experience of a daughter recovering from emergency surgery following a severe accident, with the slow and mesmerizing bloom—or inflorescence—of the yard’s magnificent agave. In reading the poems of this finely crafted and lyrical book, you’ll find that—like the daughter releasing ladybugs in the poem “Shower”—the open room of your heart, too, will be filled with “pure red joy.”

Simmons B. Buntin writes with scrupulous attention to the agency of love in a wounded and venomous world. Whether he considers Hiroshima or dead albatrosses, the small marvels of finches or ladybugs, or his daughter’s accidental plunge through a plate glass window, his poems celebrate nature, family, and the healing power of beauty.
      — Alison Hawthorne Deming

Learn more about Bloom, including how to order and a sampling of poems.


Riverfall, by Simmons B. Buntin.Riverfall is a collection of work that sometimes slides knowingly around slow bends and other times rushes without caution down the deep and narrow ravine. Always it explores our relationship to the environment, whether the urban structures of our own making, pastoral settings on the metropolitan fringe, or the light and dark edges of our vanishing wilderness—and our own psyche.

Riverfall includes 32 poems written between 1990 and 2005. Yet the work—its words and subjects and insights—are timeless. From our beginning in water to our end in premeditated light, our lives are like the river. In Riverfall, we are submerged, then rejuvenated in the clarity of our new course.

A beautiful contribution to the conversation on place and belonging in the natural world.
     — Alison Hawthorne Deming

A bold collection embracing intriguing ideas and finding new views on established themes.
     — Books Ireland

Learn more about Riverfall, including how to order and a sampling of poems.

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