"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, 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.