by Richard Newman
- Praise for Richard Newman
- Richard Newman's plainspoken, forceful voice is lifted up and
transformed inside these elegant and complex poems that echo the piling up
of voices in a Bach fugue. He writes of ordinary life--marriage,
family, work--but finds ways to release tension and anger so that we come
out in a new place that is both formally and emotionally satisfying.
His greatness, for all his technical skill, is to give us a sense that we
are all in this together, that he's out there for all of us, figuring out
how to make sense of muddled, disappointed lives, those "hours spent on
nothing more than money." In Domestic Fugues, Newman, like
Woody Guthrie, uses the rhythms of American speech to prod us, empower us,
and delight us.
- --Maura Stanton
As the title implies, Richard Newman's Domestic Fugues is a
musical confrontation with the difficult and painful recurrences of
middle age--love lost and love renewed, the depredations of time and
change, the fear of aging as diminishing possibility. But as the
title also suggests, and as the poems consistently demonstrate, this is
also a book about enduring need and the transformative power of song.
Domestic Fugues is a lovely, grimly funny and always moving
celebration of persistance.
Domestic Fugues Featured on Verse Daily, October 10, 2009
- About the Author
- Richard Newman is the author of the poetry collection Borrowed Tears
(Word Press, 2005) and several poetry chapbooks, including 24 Tall Boys:
Dark Verse for Light Times (Snark Publishing/ Firecracker Press, 2007)
and Monster Gallery: 19 Terrifying and Amazing Monster Sonnets! (Snark
Publishing, 2005). His poems have appeared in Best American Poetry,
Boulevard, Crab Orchard Review, Poetry Daily, The Sun, Tar River
Poetry, Verse Daily, and many other periodicals and anthologies.
He lives with his wife and daughter in St. Louis, where he teaches at St.
Louis Community College, edits River Styx, and co-directs the River
Styx at Duff's Reading Series.