"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


Monday, August 11, 2014

Fall Around The Corner

Hi all - long time since I've posted. I've been in that summer state of mind! Fall is around the corner and school is starting up. My gosh, there will be some unusual challenges. The district where I teach, Revere, Massachusetts, was struck by a destructive tornado a few weeks ago, causing a lot of damage in a city that can't afford such a disaster. Fortunately, no one was hurt - but a lot of families and students were certainly affected.

In other news - my next book, a chapbook called Until It Does Us In, is due out this fall from Somerville's Cervena Barva Press. Thank you, publisher Gloria Mindock, for all the work you do for the Boston poetry scene! More news to come as details emerge. In the meantime, here are some blurbs for the book:


Myles Gordon’s little book of sonnets startles and reaches the reader in ways that no other medium can. Through sparingly chosen words it evokes powerful images that are intense, colorful, sharp edged and emotionally compelling. It is the naked truth, the full story, condensed in a few lines. It weaves the horror of the Holocaust through the fabric of generations, linking past atrocity to present day tragedy, laying bare all pretenses and deceptions that are attempt to disguise it.

Dr. Dori Laub – Founder, Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University


 Myles Gordon’s ambitious and affecting sonnet sequence not only conveys – sometimes with beautiful formal understatement, other times with bitter directness – the horrors of Jewish history, but also, heartbreakingly, how those horrors infiltrate the present. In until it Does us In, moving sonnets about the suicide of a hip, pot-smoking, peace-sign wielding older cousin function as continuations and repercussions of what is captured in this exquisite final couplet: “the Jews of Brest Litovsk; the German gun./The shadows dwindled, thinned. Then there were none.”

Jacqueline Osherow – Author of Whitehorn


The humanity and sense of loss in Gordon’s poems is so forceful and fresh, we feel like rising up and saving each other.

Yehoshua November – Author of God’s Optimism

Thursday, May 29, 2014

Chronicle! and Aguero

Boston and New England area folks - please tune in to "Chronicle" Friday, May 30, Channel 5, at 7:30 WCVB TV. I will be a featured author on a "books" show. Chronicle is a great show - it airs every week night at 7:30 and features eclectic, interesting and timely stories, and has been doing so for three plus decades - truly a New England treasure!

Kathleen Aguero is the author of several collections of poems, including Investigations: The Mystery of the Girl Sleuth (Cervena Barva Press), Daughter of (Cedar Hill Books), The Real Weather (Hanging Loose) and Thirsty Day (Alice James Books). She teaches in the low-residency MFA program in Creative Writing at Pine Manor College, and in Changing Lives through Literature, an alternative sentencing program. Her latest book, after that, from Tiger Bark Press, is a powerhouse: read my review here

Thursday, May 22, 2014

Until It Does Us In

Happy to announce that my chapbook, "Until It Does Us In," has been picked up by Cervena Barva Press, in Somerville, MA, due out for publication in Fall, 2014. Thank you Cervena Barva, and Gloria Mindock - Publisher.

Wednesday, May 7, 2014

And the Mass Book Award Goes To...

...Amy Dryansky, for her wonderful collection Grass Whistle (Salmon Press). For those who have been following, myself and five other poets were nominated for the Massachusetts Book Award in poetry. The winners in all four categories were announced recently, and can be found, with brief synopsis, here 

This is what the committee had to say about my book:


"Myles Gordon’s Inside the Splintered Wood explores the angst and fickleness of family life, bravely displaying what it means to be deeply human, deeply flawed, yet deeply satisfied. The warmth, wit, and charm in these pages pull you along, demanding both your close attention and an open heart."


There are terrific descriptions of all the other selections as well. Congrats to all the finalists (we are now considered "must reads" in the Commonwealth) and award winners!

Thursday, April 3, 2014

Must Read!

I am grateful and pleased to say that Inside The Splintered Wood was just named a must read by the Massachusetts Center for the Book, which means it's a finalist for the Massachusetts Book Award (poetry). The other finalists are incredible poets and I am humbled to be part of the group. Finalists listed here

Saturday, March 15, 2014

Tagore

Rabindranath Tagore was India's most beloved writer and artist. Boston writer Sajed Kamal recently published a book of translations of Tagore's work. My review here

Last month, The Jerusalem Report presented a lovely, humbling, flattering review of my book, Inside The Splintered Wood, found here


Sunday, February 23, 2014

Tea In Heliopolis

Hedy Habra, a professor at Western Michigan University, is an accomplished writer  - Flying Carpets (book of short stories), numerous academic articles and a critical study of Peruvian novelist Mario Vargas Llosa, and her poetry book Tea In Heliopolis - a poignant and rich book chronicling life, loss and hope of a family forced to flee Lebanon during that country's civil war. My review of Tea In Heliopolis here

Last month, The Jerusalem Report presented a lovely, humbling, flattering review of my book, Inside The Splintered Wood, found here



Monday, January 27, 2014

What other people are saying

Several months ago, I was contacted by Jerusalem Post/Jerusalem Report poetry reviewer Robert Hirschfield. Someone had recommended he review my book. What followed what a several week correspondence of insightful, challenging questions. The review just came out and I am humbled and stunned. An excerpt:

       "There are few contemporary Jewish poets whose work is as deeply embedded in tikkun olam (healing of the world) as Gordon's. A few of Philip Schultz's poems have that quality. (It was there certainly in the poetry of Schultz's friend Yehuda Amichai.) But it is not in vogue these days for poets to journey outside themselves into the heart of the suffering world."

Heady stuff for this school teacher. To see the review in total, please click: Seared dignity

Monday, January 13, 2014

Multi Tasking

I recently read All Time Acceptable, by Spring Berman. This is Berman's first book, chosen as a "Grolier Discovery Prize" winner in 2012. The book contains scientific and mathematical allusion, and a wonderfully challenging vocabulary embedded in thoughtful, outstanding verse. Berman works as a robotocist at a university in Arizona, after earning science and math degrees from UPenn, Princeton and Harvard. Her work is refreshingly unique and seemingly unbound by the strictures of standard workshop metrics.  She follows in the tradition of the William Carlos Williams (doctor), Wallace Stevens (insurance vice president) of the world who had interesting careers, who weren't "professional poets," whose poetry is influenced by years of discipline, study and experience outside the familiar MFA route. It's impressive and instructive to be reminded that wonderful poetry most often springs from outside sources and that it's our full lives that make our poems.

Wednesday, January 8, 2014

The family that trains together...

Want a true test of family closeness? Try a train ride with a family of four (including a 15 year old and 11 year old), packed into a 6 by 10 "sleeper" car (for 15 hours) over holiday break. We did it and not only survived but thrived! (Although I would recommend dropping any prohibitions on electronic devices and let the kids click away - if it keeps them calm for long stretches). Following an extra couple of days off for snow, we're back, and we're here to continue the school year in the new year.