Richard Wollman is a poet, sculptor, and Professor of Literature and Creative Writing at Simmons University in Boston. He is the author of Evidence of Things Seen (Sheep Meadow Press), A Cemetery Affair (Finishing Line Press), and Changeable Gods (Winter 2022, Slate Roof Press).

Richard Wollman’s new collection, Changeable Gods, winner of the Elyse Wolf Prize, is a beautiful letterpress edition chapbook from Slate Roof Press. This sequence of love poems comes together to form one long poem that traces the arc of the lovers’ experiences over the span of thirty days. The presence of a third figure, Sarah, who has passed away, hovers over these lyrical poems of longing and loss.

“Wollman’s work is strikingly like that of Eugenio Montale (without his having been consciously influenced by the Italian poet)….Changeable Gods is a remarkable book in which Wollman uses clear and lyrical human speech to create a long sequence of poems of enormous complexity.”

—Alfred Nicol, winner of the Richard Wilbur Award

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  • DMQ Virtual Salon Reading

    A 7-minute selection from Changeable Gods in The DMQ Virtual Salon, a monthly video-based reading series featuring poets reading from their new books as a response to the shut-down of essential reading opportunities due to the pandemic. Thank you, Sally Ashton, for inviting me.

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  • Recording of Martín Espada Reading

    Thanks to all who joined us for last week’s exhilarating reading by National Book Award winner, Martín Espada, at Simmons University’s Robert M. Gay Memorial Lecture. It was quite an event. Here’s a link to see it if you couldn’t make it last week.

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  • Boston Globe Review: Changeable Gods

    NEW ENGLAND LITERARY NEWSA book all about Cambridge, a Brookline Village bookstore closes, and a new poetry collection. By Nina MacLaughlin, Globe Correspondent, Updated April 28, 2022 Poetry that soarsRichard Wollman writes poems of the sky in his new collection, “Changeable Gods,” from Western Mass-based Slate Roof Press. Vast, varied, ever-shifting, creating its own world,… Continue reading Boston Globe Review: Changeable Gods

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