The Honey of Earth

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Product Details

Price
$16.00  $14.72
Publisher
Terrapin Books
Publish Date
Pages
92
Dimensions
5.98 X 9.02 X 0.22 inches | 0.32 pounds
Language
English
Type
Paperback
EAN/UPC
9781947896192

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About the Author

David Graham is a lifelong Rangers supporter and shirt collector and historian
Diane Lockward is the author of The Crafty Poet: A Portable Workshop and four poetry books, most recently The Uneaten Carrots of Atonement. She is the recipient of the Quentin R. Howard Poetry Prize, a poetry fellowship from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts, and a Woman of Achievement Award. Her poems have appeared in Harvard Review, Southern Poetry Review, Prairie Schooner, and elsewhere. Her work has also been featured on Poetry Daily, Verse Daily, and The Writer's Almanac. She is the founder, editor, and publisher of Terrapin Books.

Reviews

Reading David Graham's The Honey of Earth, I felt my heart break and then mend almost at once. Graham sees and strikes the sweet spot between pathos and comedy: in tone, in imagery, in how precisely he nails the complex absurdities and ironies of American life, including his own life. Considering the objects in a junk shop, he writes "you can almost see how every miserable / doo-dad was once someone's luminous dream," or, in an elegy he juxtaposes "ashes in a box" with "ashpits smoking in backyards, rest stop tiles / smeared with grease and cracker crumbs." There's the ride up the scale, and the drop down, but overall, an exuberance born of a love of life, of Earth, of art, of real or imagined others, of America itself. The poems are taut and economical yet balanced with felicities of phrasing and figurations: In this way as well, with consummate skill, Graham finds the sweet spot. --Gray Jacobik

There I was, getting all set to cough up the usual clever blurb, when suddenly I thought, "The hell with that! This is simply the best damned book of poems I have read in years!" Dear Reader, if you think I say so because David Graham was one of my earliest and favorite students, well, you're wrong. That his name is not up there with the many luminaries to which he is patently superior--well again, that says more about the sad state of elite tastes than it does about this brilliant writer. --Sydney Lea