"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 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.

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