The Grace of Distance is highlighted in The Santa Barbara Independent's list of books to read for National Poetry Month!
"There is much to recommend this well-crafted collection, but it would be worth owning if only for 'This is What the City Smells Like?' surely one of the great olfactory poems ever written: 'Let us sniff / mozzarepas, disco fries, decades of spilled beer / behind the piano at the Vanguard and the ghost / of cigarette smoke in all the bars you can / no longer smoke in.'”
Here's the full article.
The Grace of Distance has been named a finalist for the 2020 Paterson Poetry Prize, given by the Poetry Center at Passaic County Community College for the best book of poetry published each year.
Congratulations to Jericho Brown, whose book The Tradition won the prize, as well as to the other finalists. I'm proud to be in such good company and grateful to have my work recognized.
You can read more about the award and the recipients here.
Thanks so much to editor Ron Slate for featuring two of my poems in the latest update of On the Seawall.
You can read "The Musicians" and "After his Stroke" here.