Poems by David Anthony
“Regulars of The Gazebo will be familiar with the work
of David Anthony, and his distinctive way with traditional forms like
the sonnet and triolet. There are many moving poems here, but also a
section called Chestnut Puree of some wickedly
funny ones. The presentation is excellent, with some lovely colour
plates. Altogether, a welcome addition to my poetry bookshelf.”And: "I
admire David Anthony’s poems for their musicality and simplicity. They
share an almost Franciscan view of the world and rely on no
neo-modernistic chicaneries. I hear in them the voice of a man whose
humility bespeaks his eloquence." £9.99.
Poems by Jared Carter
"The body of work gathered in Darkened Rooms has
certainly 'worked against time and space,' and it is clear enough to me
that Carter has come out on top again and again, having 'trusted in the
outcome/of that endeavor." James Crew in Basalt,
April 2014. "His work will certainly endure, and this volume should
help to cement his rightful place in American poetry as a maker of
organic, authentic, and above all, sincere poems." Ted Kooser.
University of Nebraska Press. $18.95.
"Espaillat's exquisitely crafted, polished formal
verse never raises its voice, but speaks in the quiet, conversational
tone of a wise but self-deprecating best friend. To read Where
Horizons Go is to enter into a world where the everyday is
infused with quiet magic; to reread it is like meeting a beloved old
friend on the street. At the end of Rachmaninoff on the Mass
Pike, Espaillat says, 'All the heart wants is to be called
again.' Her poetry calls to readers' hearts, with modest but masterful
authority." Truman State University Press. 1998. $15.
A collection of 99 short narratives and lyrics, both
humorous and serious. Each individual in a galley-full of people, old
and young, engages you first on surface encounters, and begins to
resonate with you at levels more than skin-deep. A coda closes the book
with twelve “dances” — poems on the work of the imagination and its
attendant pleasures in the reading and writing of formal poetry. “An
all too rare occasion — the release of a volume of formal verse by a
new voice....” — Steffen Horstmann, writing in Contemporary Rhyme.
$8.95 download: $17.95 print version.
Tom Kerrigan has been published in many small presses,
and has read his poetry on NPR. A collection of Kerrigan’s poetry, Another
Bloomsday at Molly Malone’s Pub and Other Poems, was
published by The Inevitable Press in 1999. Kerrigan’s work was included
in the Garrison Keillor anthology Good Poetry
(Viking-Penguin, 2002). Kerrigan is also a theater critic, a member of
the Los Angeles Drama Critics’ Circle, and the author of several plays,
including “Branches Among the Stars” (Louisville, 1990). Scienter
"What I look for—hope for—in poems, and what I find in
Robert Mezey's new work is the effort to bring into words that ultimate
tenderness toward existence which is the dream of great poems." Galway
Kinnell "In whatever formal more he has worked, from free verse to the
most limited schematic patterns, Mezey has always revealed a mastery of
the relation between deep and surface rhythms of language and thought,
and an unyielding poetic integrity that is itself like a beacon against
a darkening literary horizon." John Hollander. $22.
"Beyond The Masks: New And Selected Poems
is and eclectic new collection of Harvey Stanbrough's most encouraging
and inspirational poetry. From the depths of one of today's most
intriguing minds thoughts of philosophy and human mentality and
etiquette is birthed Beyond The Masks as a highly recommended book of
reality based poetry and prose." . $22.
"This is an excellent edition of the complete works of
Louise Labe, who is one of the most important women writers of the
French Renaissance and whose poetry is especially wonderful, providing
a much-needed female perspective on the love lyric.. . In addition,
Annie Finch's translations of Labe's poetry are superb, capturing the
spirit of the originals (of course, the french is on the facing page).
All in all, this is an essential purchase for anyone interested in Labe
or French Renaissance literature, being the only complete bilingual
edition of Labe's works available and a model for all scholarly
editions of its kind." University Of Chicago Press. 2006. $25.
"No Word Of Farewell is a generous
compendium of Gwynn's work, dating back to 1970 and going up through
2000. The selections show that Gwynn is capable of most everything -
satire, ballads, love poems, etc. He is a man of uncommon sense who
nevertheless does not allow his level-headedness to obscure his heart.
That his work is not better known is a commentary only on the present
state of poetry and reading, not on R.S. Gwynn" Story Line Press .
Poems by A.E. Stallings
"There is more to this collection than just classical
mythology. Just see The Man Who Wouldn't Plant Willow Trees
to see Stallings at her very best. I will say, section II, titled A
Bestiary, is rather weak. With the exception of the final
poem, A Lament for the Dead Pets of Our Childhood,
I found most of the poems weak. But despite that, Stallings technical
skill, her beautiful use of language, and her all around skill makes
this one of the best collections I've read. " Univ of Evansville Press.
Gathered here in their entirety are the seven previous
volumes of Francis poetry together with a group of recent poems, many
not previously published but "saved" to end this volume on a note of
newness. Univ of Massachusetts Press. 1976. Late Fire Late
Snow: New and Uncollected Poems. 1992. is also available
from Amazon at $14.95.
"Kate Light's collection is a wonderful collection of
poems, especially when you consider that it is her first. The poems,
mostly formal, use language in a sensual way. you can feel her training
as a musician the way the words float over you, melodious is the word
that comes to mind. her poems tend to deal with love, but she manages
to pull back before she reaches sentimentality. Many of the poems deal
with music as well." Story Line Press. 1997. $5.14.
Marilyn Taylor has been named Poet Laureate of the city
of Milwaukee for 2004 and 2005. Her work has been published in a number
of anthologies and journals, notably Poetry, The Formalist,
The American Scholar, Iris, and Poetry Magazine's 90th anniversary
anthology. She won the 2003 Dogwood Prize (Fairfield
University, Fairfield, CT), and took first place in recent contests
sponsored by Passager, The Ledge, and GSU Review
magazines, and by Anamnesis Press. Wordtech
Communications. 2004. $16.
"Catherine Tufariello's new collection is a startling
first appearance. To borrow (as I do in my title) from the famous
letter Emerson wrote Whitman after a first reading of the 1855 Leaves
of Grass, here a great career begins, which must have had a long
foreground judging by the quality of this initial performance. Indeed,
I agree with Richard Wilbur that this is 'one of the finest first
collections I can remember seeing.'" Texas Tech University Press .
"The Diviners is McDowell's book length poem about a
family as it falls apart through five decades. It's a poignant story
told in iambic pentameter, and is a prime example of the comeback the
narrative poem has been making (as is Dave Mason's 'The Country I
Remember'). The first chapter, 'The Fifties', is truly a great piece of
work, and appeared in a slightly different form in the Best American
Poetry 1989." Story Line Press . 1995. $10.00.
"The poems in this, W. S. Di Piero's fifth collection
of poetry, are animated by an ancient vision of the human state as
existing somewhere between the divine and the bestial; tense with the
compulsion toward formal order and the wild yearning after chaos, these
are tough poems, gritty and relentless; they indulge neither the reader
nor the poet. Their austere lyricism expresses Di Piero's desire for
transcendent meaning, and their unflinching attention to natural and
cultural history reflects an equally strong instinct for the
earthbound." University Of Chicago Press . 1992. $11.00.
"John Haines ranks with Thoreau, Emily Dickinson and
Robinson Jeffers as one of the great solitaries of American literature.
Whether he writes about hunting for moose near his Alaskan homestead or
the paintings of Hieronymus Bosch, Haines remains true to his basic
theme: that each of us is alone in the world, with only the examples
presented by nature and art to guide us. . . But he is known and
cherished by those readers who still believe that poetry can exhibit
something akin to moral and intellectual force." Graywold Press . 1993.
"In Elizabeth Spires's sixth collection of poetry, the
pilgrim soul, in its various guises, meditates on its own slow
becoming, finding humble companions in creatures as unlikely as a lowly
snail, a prehistoric coelacanth, or a tiny Japanese netsuke of a badger
disguised as a monk. For Spires, life is both a pilgrimage and a
deepening—birth, death, and transformation all part of a seamless
continuum. Possessed of a calm, crystalline sense of eternity, her
poems invite fellow travelers to sit for a little while and be cleansed
of the dust of existence." W. W. Norton . 2008. $16.29.
"A selection from his last five books, along with a
collection of new poems, Fathering the Map takes us from the personal
reflections distilled in the lyrics of Waking to My Name (1980) to the
worldly reckonings of Inheritance (1992) and back again. In the
dramatic monologues of Faces in a Single Tree (1984), in the narrative
of a wayward life from womb to double ending in Clayfield Rejoices,
Clayfield Laments (1987), in a cosmic tour conducted by the physicist
Heinz Pagels with Before It Vanishes (1990), Pack has fashioned poems
of intimate experience, scientific meditations, philosophical wonder. .
." University Of Chicago Press . 1993. $25.00.
"Ruark's poems are polished by the combined force of
his feeling and craft until they are solid as stone. . . handles
language with the skill of a patient craftsman, achieving a vision of
unparalleled clarity and grace." Louisiana State University Press .
"Skloot's reputation for quiet warmth and mellifluous
rhymes—on display in poems about his elderly parents, his growing (now
grown) daughter and the green slopes and rivers of his rural Oregon—are
peculiarly hard-won clarities: during the late 1980s, in the same years
that his verse first gained some fame, a rare virus attacked his brain.
Ever since, Skloot has suffered from—and described, in poems and a
memoir, The Shadow of Memory—cognitive and mnemonic impairments that
interfere with his daily life. Skloot's demotic language and his focus
on pathos will remind some readers of William Stafford, others of
former laureate Ted Kooser, as when, over bowls of soup, steam... rose
like the past made whole." Tupelo Press . 2008. $14.00.
"A selection of recent work as well as the best from
thirteen volumes of poetry published across four decades, Change of
Address highlights the magnitude and scope of David Slavitt’s poetic
achievement. Meditating on both the quotidian and the sublime and
ranging from brilliant satire to tender elegy, this retrospective
collection brings into sharp relief Slavitt’s intelligence, strength of
voice, and ease in varied poetic forms. From the beginning of his
career, Slavitt has displayed a rare technical virtuosity, and his
verse has long confronted—with urbanity and poise—questions of love,
grief, loss, and death." Louisiana State University Press . 2005.
"Morri Creech creates disconcerting but radiant images
as he tackles such topics as the feelings of Job and his wife post
tribulation Book of, Mary Magdalene's encounter with the risen Jesus in
the garden, Orpheus in the underworld, starvation as a martyr's
instrument, and a jarring narrative duel between desire as virtue and
sex crime. Every poem strikes a distinct tone, but all together
reinforce each other as words, phrases, and images iterate in different
contexts." Waywiser Press . 2006. $12.76.
"Including never-before-published poems, this landmark
collection of more than 300 poems follows the poet’s development of
subject and style chronologically. From early work that shows
influences of Dylan Thomas to later work that is distinctly American,
Norris' poems feature vivid descriptions of an extraordinary world in
settings that include his native Wales, southern England, and the
American West." Seren . 2008. $31.50.
"Celebrated since the 1980s for her deftly articulate,
often wittily rhymed lyric poems, Salter demonstrates those strengths
and others in this sixth volume. From the start, Salter's verse can
sound urbane and serious, ceremonious and supple: a nine-part elegy for
a friend who died young contains a villanelle with the refrain I know
you're gone for good. Other poems react to the death of Salter's
mother, to her own experience of parenthood, and to life with her
husband, poet and critic Brad Leithauser. Salter may be the most gifted
mid-career disciple of James Merrill's work, and her detractors may say
she still works in his shadow. Yet her loosely syllabic stanzas owe as
much to Marianne Moore, and her best poems stand apart for their
careful sensitivity. . ." Knopf . 2008. $20.48.
"If you read his poems deeply and see what he sees, you
know you're in the proximity of something great and dear. There are
poems you'll have to memorize, ones you'll have to call up a friend and
read, and others you'll just read over and over again, for comfort. The
word "indispensable" is, this time, the exact word for this book. Buy
it. It's too beautiful to miss." Ivan R. Dee . 2005. $18.95.
"Steele, who was in the vanguard of the 1980s swing
back to regular meter and rhyme in American poetry, is a formalist's
formalist, so technically adroit that he could write about anything and
produce a poem repeatedly rewarding for music and shapeliness alone,
and subject matter be damned. He isn't so cavalier about meaning,
however, as that characterization of his exquisite craftsmanship may
suggest. Indeed, he writes about most important matters: the kindness
he did 30 years ago for a little boy in Paris, the faithfulness of a
common bird that doesn't migrate, setting the star of faith atop the
roof for another winter solstice, watching familiar surroundings emerge
out of the historic and biblical possibilities a foggy daybreak
suggests." Swallow Press . 2006. $11.66.
"One turns to Jacobsen's poems not for flashy,
egotistical juggling, but as to an old friend, for her dependable,
philosophical voice, rich in technique and free from cliche. . . Her
gaze is often directed outward, sighting the estranged or deformed:
clowns with highly individualized sorrows, deaf-mutes watching
baseball. Whatever handicaps these subjects bear don't generate pity;
if anyone seems deficient it will be the reader. Because her poems
don't fall into easily recognizable categories- political,
confessional, nature, or even formalist poetry (though she writes well
in her share of forms)-Jacobsen is seldom anthologized.." Johns Hopkins
University Press . 2000. $25.00.
"Schnackenberg does not write the intimate little odes
so dear to the hearts of many of today's current writing instructors.
Grand and imposing, her poems storm through civilization, paying homage
to art's greatest figures in language that is formal, articulate, and
cool and glittering as a knife. Even when she touches on personal
issues her neighbors, her father's death she works large. This year,
she coupled a fine selected works with a new book-length poem that
plunges back into Greek myth, ultimately investigating the tension
between art and life. Decidedly different reading." Farrar, Straus and
"There's a delicious tang to Peacock's vital poems—a
taste of earth, salty and laced with iron, a headiness like that
carried by the breeze just before a spring rain. This electric
juiciness is just as pungent in poems from 27 years ago as it is in the
suite of new poems. The older poems in this volume have appeared in
four previous collections of her work, including Raw Heaven (1984) and
Original Love (1995). Wielding bright metaphors and adeptly combining
story and lyricism, Peacock makes the annealing of the self in the
furnace of family and the fever of erotic love her signature theme. In
her newest work, Peacock interprets her vision of The Land of
Shi, a fugitive Celtic realm that manifests itself whenever
the air suddenly intensifies, and you are in another world."
W.W. Norton & Co. $14.95.
"The soul of Questions for Ecclesiastes, winner of the
1998 Lenore Marshall Poetry Prize, lies in a sequence of poems whose
title, Unholy Sonnets, immediately recalls the Holy
Sonnets of John Donne. Instead of adopting Donne's tone of
vulnerable desperation, however, Jarman questions the concept of
divinity with a voice familiar to readers of contemporary poetry:
sincere, restrained, and polite, yet not unaware of the winding
rhetoric of irony. Jarman adds a willingness to engage in abstract
thought at the risk of losing emotional edge, an important risk that
few poets take." Story Line Press. 1997. $4.99.
"There are two topics that seem largely unexplored by
American poets of our time. One is the deep attachment parents (and
perhaps most especially working parents) form for their infants and how
they perceive their children (perhaps as Blake saw them) with all the
wisdom of their innocence. The second is the relationship of science,
mathematics and metaphysics to our everyday life. Here is a book that
explores, and to some degree attempts to define, the writer's
investigations in those two domains, one stemming from her experience
as a mother, the other from her profession as a philosopher of science.
And it is this juxtaposition of maternal emotion and detached, almost
clinical, analysis that provides Grosholz's wonderful new collection
with such grace and such power." David R Godine. 2002. $15.95.
"Former poet laureate Dove, a master at dramatic
monologues, is in top form here, reclaiming Bridgetower’s story in a
mischievous, sensuous, and deeply empathic lyrical narrative. Born in
1780 to a Polish German mother and a Caribbean African father, George
was a famous prodigy and mulatto subjected to every insult. In
scintillating, linked poems that embody the violin’s profoundly
emotional range, Dove brings the tumultuous world of Napoleonic Europe
to life with stunning precision. The sheer pleasure of her crisp
descriptions and the propelling suspense of this true tale cannot be
overstated. As she writes in the voices of Bridgetower, Beethoven,
Haydn, a court lady, and street fiddler Black Billy Waters, Dove delves
into the nature of genius and power, class and race, and the
consequences of exoticism and lust, creating a unique celebration of
art and spirit." W.W. Norton & Co. 2009. $16.47.
"Dana Gioia's name has come to be associated with the
poets known as New Formalists—a term that might sound odd here. But
what it really means is that Gioia concerns himself with every aspect
of his craft: its traditions, its movements towards and away from rhyme
and meter, and its ancient roots in the sound of the human voice. That
his voicing of these concerns has put him at the center of several
literary controversies may say more about the current state of poetry
than about Gioia himself, but that is another matter. Gioia is clearly
a poet whose words are heard, whose positions ignite debate, whose work
constantly and unflinchingly searches out new ways to counter what he
calls our sentimental, upbeat age." Graywolf Press.
"This nonfiction memoir of a chronically ill poet who
rediscovers her Catholic faith and perceives its healing power reads
like a cross between Kathleen Norris and Carlos Castaneda. Swander, an
Iowa poet who developed a paralyzing neurological condition when her
car was hit by a drunk driver, weaves family history and an
introduction to historic Catholic mystics into a tale of her recovery
from illness when she journeys from snowbound Iowa to the desert of New
Mexico as a visiting professor. The timeless Christian allegory of
pilgrimage to belief is freshly rendered. This poet-pilgrim joins a
literary tradition of others before her who journeyed through the dark
nights of doubt to the convinced light of faith. This is a beautifully
written book." Ice Cube Press. 2008. $19.95.
A slim yet compelling collection of poetry that
celebrates several generations of a Southern black family with rich and
vivid portraits. Great-Uncle Rufus was born a slave, conceived by rape,
but raised by his mother with enough love and faith to imbue courage
and pride in his own five children. Aunt Geneva dared to love a white
man well into her eighties. Waniek's father, an Air Force navigator,
and her uncles, the famed Tuskegee Airmen, inspired
the poet to look to the sky and ask . . . how shall I live
and work to match your goodness? This is a worthy addition to
any poetry collection, but it's of particular importance with the
recent interest in the airmen and the contribution of blacks in the U.
S. military." Louisiana State University Press. 1990. $16.95.