I completed this one just in time to use it as the title page for my new poetry collection–Changeable Gods–which will be out from Slate Roof Press in a couple of weeks. Link for ordering coming soon….
Poem for Holocaust Remembrance Day
Forsythia spills over fences in Connecticut: the rest remains bare. Survivors light candles, sulphur from the match curling around their heads. A cantor sings Kaddish as much for the living as the dead. We have put on our good clothes. We have driven through the pleasant country to take our seats on a stage. I listen to the audience: am I someone singing to himself to make silence less? Or rouse a voice where there is none, and, nothing myself, resurrect the living from the dead. (originally published in Notre Dame Review and included in my collection, Evidence of Things Seen)
Slate Roof Press News
A new book, The Wild Language of Deer, by my friend and colleague Susan Glass is now available to order at Slate Roof Press. The press produces art-quality books with letterpress covers crafted by member and award-winning printer, Ed Rayher. Susan’s collection also features a braille pull-out of one of the poems.
“Winner of the Slate Roof Press Chapbook Award, The Wild Language of Deer reveals an impassioned sense of belonging, both to the world of here and now, but also to a fluid, echoing, mythical world out of time. Out of these pages come the stamping deer, the singing birds, the fingertips running over Braille and flute keys.”
￼New poem in The American Journal of Poetry
My long poem, “The Apotheosis of Martín Ramírez,” may be found in the new volume of The American Journal of Poetry (Vol. 12, Jan. 2022). Ramírez was an outsider artist who made his beautiful art while while confined in a mental hospital in California.
New poem in American Journal of Poetry
VOLUME XII lurks, our most monstrous issue yet but don’t take my word for it. We’ll put up or shut up New Years Day. Just added: KIP KNOTT, KENNETH POBO, SHAMON WILLIAMS, RICHARD WOLLMAN, GUNILLA KESTER, CLAIRE SCOTT, HAYDEN SAUNIER, LUKAS WOOD with his first-ever publication of poetry and poets still to come.