"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