I am constantly adrift in a field of experience that rushes me over a span—of time, of space—that I want to both feel and remember, a landscape I take pleasure in making part of my very soul. In this, I suppose that I am a sentimental configuration of human particles, a sentimentalist to the core.
In The Sentimentalist, published originally in Poets & Writers, Nate Pritts writes an essential defense of sentimentality in writing. Assessing the current landscape, Pritts redefines and thus reclaims the term, while offering practical lessons about how to employ sentiment in writing.about his own beginnings as a poet and writer, his steps and missteps. Pritts notes that "as a writer I have a responsibility to bring myself back to myself first, to compose my sentiments so that they can be shared, so that readers may understand, so that all of us may learn lessons of wonder and empathy."
Nate Pritts is the author of seven books of poetry - most recently Post Human (2016) which Publishers Weekly says "leads readers through a poetic dystopia that reveals the fragility of the human relationship with technology. Weaving his poems together as a meditative critique of technology and its numbing effect on the everyday, Pritts asks readers to imagine other possibilities amid 'this daily flood/ of ephemera, this electronic life.'" He lives in the Finger Lakes region of New York.