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