10/03/2008

Shameless Commerce Division: The Poetry Books

Readers of this blog may know, if they scroll down the left sidebar that I write poetry, some on a letter press, some on line, some in journals and some in separate book form. In the past month two books have made it into print:

Requiem for the Dictator: The Haiti Poems.
Preludium Press, Lewes, Delaware. 40 pages. $7.00
These are poems written over the course of ten years in response to the continuing dictatorships in Haiti. I have had a long time conviction that the only way out of the dismal state of affairs in Haiti is to bury the dictatorship known in the Duvaliers, father and son. In a sense it is their unholy ghost that continues to haunt the country. The poems were meant to parallel the elements of a requiem mass.

shard, Preludium Press, Lewes, Delaware. 80 pages. $9.00
The shard fragments of experience, of little moments of insight, great moments of despair and love when least expected form the basis for these poems. Reviewer Tom Mandel says, "The poems are filled with beauty, grace and fellow-feeling. If you seek both wisdom and enthusiasm, sadness and joy in a friend then open these pages: you will find a new companion, a soul fully alive and welcoming the world."


These are available directly from me by sending me a check for the amount due and an address. Write me at 207 East Market Street, Lewes, Delaware. You can also get them through Lulu.com, HERE for Requiem and HERE for shard.

In some ways I think my poetry is related to my theological mutterings the way the movie Time Bandits is related to the Faith. A friend once said about that movie, "I'm not sure Time Bandits is Christian, but it is very very Anglican."

Likewise, I'm sure.

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