"Inside The Splintered Wood is tender and deeply human. Myles Gordon is simply an outstanding poet." - Kathleen Spivack, author of With Robert Lowell And His Circle

"Inside The Splintered Wood is a very funny book. But don't take this poet lightly. He'll be the one telling the "joke of utter humanity" when the place blows up."
- Natasha Saje, author of Bend

"...The debut collection from Myles Gordon is at once brave and ravenous; an embodiment of love starved for itself."
- Brendan Constantine, author of Calamity Joe

"A remarkable sonnet sequence lies at the heart of Myles Gordon's brave collection about family and history and the resulting wounds and recovery. "
- Jennifer Barber, author of Given Away


Thursday, September 12, 2013

If it weren't for Louisa Solano, there'd be a lot less poetry around here. The Grolier Book Shop in Harvard Square has been a haven for poetry lovers since 1927. Louisa owned the shop for decades before handing the shop over to owner Ifeanyi Menkiti in 2006. Now, the Cambridge Public Library honors Louisa with a new reading series. Please come, Tuesday, October 1, at 6:30 PM to hear Robert Pinsky and Gail Mazur read, in the series inaugural event. Click here for more details.

Monday, September 2, 2013

First Day Of School

Tomorrow is the first day of school for my own children. Last Monday was the first day of school for the children I teach. It's always a day full of nerves: children coming into the big building for the first time since June (or for the first time ever) full of anticipation, hesitation, and too often, trepidation. The more I teach, the more I realize teachers come into school the same way. I find as a parent I tend to forget that teachers have dozens of other students to attend to besides my own; and as a teacher, I forget that it's the parents who shoulder the brunt of responsibility for my students. It's the parents who must comfort the crying children waking from bad dreams, who must see their children through the growing pains, and be there for them - even though one is exhausted and stretched too thin. At best, parents and teachers are a mechanism working together for the good of each child, and it does take a lot of work. A wish for good first days of school, and a school year full of growth, accomplishment, and success.

Sunday, September 1, 2013

Labor Day

Labor day became a national holiday in the 1880s partially as response to escalations in conflict between striking laborers and government agents (police, army) and sometimes private agents hired by the companies to quell (quite violently) worker unrest. A lot of blood was shed to create things like the five-day work week, to improve safety conditions for workers, to decrease child labor and create a modicum of a livable wage. Unions, and the political parties that fostered them (Communist, Socialist among them) were not the dirty words that are now -  in fact they were the cause for a lot of good, made up of people who risked their lives and their families' well-being - so, say, New York garment workers and Chicago meat packing plant laborers  didn't have to risk their lives when they did their grueling jobs. So here's to unions, to organized labor, and to the political and social organizations and individuals that support them and realize the good they do. No, organized labor and unions are not perfect - there have been misdeeds and corruption - but that is human and to be expected, and the good has far outweighed the bad. Between the barbecues, back to school sales, final jaunts to the Cape, and long weekend chilling out, please remember why Labor Day is Labor Day.