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Praise for Necessary Myths:
- Grant Clauser knows where the bodies are buried (or not buried). At times startling and unflinching, his poetry confronts the worst in us and along the way discovers language freshly marked by compassion. “Twitter loves a failure,” he writes with characteristic directness and wit. He finds sources of renewal in images of streams, rivers, and the “gossiping” of springs—and speaks up boldly, memorably, and disarmingly for the guilty and the innocent alike.
—Lee Upton, author of Swallowing the Sea: On Writing & Ambition, Boredom, Purity & Secrecy
- In “Necessary Myths” Grant Clauser focuses on little things that together gather energy to create a strong sense of place and drama. In his short poem, “Yin Garden,” this: “And somewhere out in the yard/the dandelions wound their tails/around their neighbors’ throats/killing off the wild sage/then launching their feathery/seeds into the wind.” This is what we experience in poem after poem, this energy, this changing, this launching. It is a well-wrought collection, and I am pleased to recommend it
—Harry Humes, author of Butterfly Effect and Underground Singing
- In these clear-eyed, deeply considered poems, Clauser engages the world in its entirety—from an outdoorsman’s encounters with the wild, to the daily media onslaught of terrible human news, to a father and husband’s tenderness and toughness—and offers us moment after moment of illuminated life.
—Hayden Saunier, author of Tips for Domestic Travel and Say Luck
Here’s a review of Necessary Myths at The Pedestal.
Here’s a review of Necessary Myths at Philadelphia Stories.
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The Trouble with Rivers (Foothills Publishing 2012)
Praise for The Trouble with Rivers
- I’ve become very fond of his poems. Settling In is a good example of his work. This poet has a lovely way of flowing from one line to the next, and one stanza to the next. It’s very good writing and is able to carry some tragedy with it. At the same time there issome sort of triumph in “moving toward the center of the universe.”
- A trip into the woods with Grant Clauser is not simply fishing and campfires; he is one of those, you can tell, who goes to nature in order to “live deep and suck out all the marrow of life” as Thoreau said. Those of us who choose to tag along are well rewarded; there is the beauty of the wilderness, the music of the wild, and the delightful songs of the poet. Ordinary things that pass for life, fussing the late season garden, for example, can evoke curious thoughts and bring on stirring meditations.
–Louis McKee, author of Near Occasions of Sin and Still Life.
- Grant Clauser’s poems carry the reader deep into the dark canyons of grief and loss, then on to life’s renewal. They are rich with the flow of language and images which glint like bright minerals sparkling in a creekbed. They moved me deeply, and I savored their reading.
–Howard McCord, author of The Man Who Walked to the Moon
You can order the book from Foothills Publishing here.
- Fox Chase Review reviewed The Trouble with Rivers here.
- A new review of the book can be found here at Philadelphia Stories.
- Nicolette Milholin wrote a review/interview on the book at her Book Bound column here.
- In Vol XXXIII, No 1 of the Mid-American Review Jason Tandon in reviewing the book says ” The clarities these poems dispense are all poetically earned. Each line is concerned with image and musical arrangements… Clauser does not sacrifice the poetry, the sensory experience, for the expository.”