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"There isn't a page in this book that isn't bracing. . . ."--Marie Howe
Beginning with the word "defeat" and concluding on the word "alive," Goodbye to the Orchard testifies that we must remain open in the face of loss, because loss is a given; and that our glimpses of the mysteries--whether of dying or living--are all we're allowed.
Steven Cramer is the author of The Eye that Desires to Look Upward, The World Book, and Dialogue for the Left and Right Hand. He currently lives in Massachusetts.
About the Author
Steven Cramer is the author of three poetry collections: The Eye that Desires to Look Upward (1987), The World Book (1992), Dialogue for the Left and Right Hand (1997). Recipient of fellowships from the MA Artists Foundation and the NEA, he has taught literature and writing at Bennington College, Boston University, M.I.T., Tufts University, and in low-residency MFA program at Queens University, Charlotte. He currently directs the low-residency MFA program in creative writing at Lesley University in Cambridge.
"This is so rare--to encounter poems written from a thinking-heart! There isn't a page in this book that isn't bracing; Steven Cramer is determined to discover what he didn't know before he started. Bracing in the way of crucial conversations when everything depends on not defending, not glancing away or distracting oneself. I felt implicated in every encounter--that's what these poems are--encounters with a reality that only the most rigorous poetry can approach. Uncompromising song."