Philadelphia Stories Reviews Necessary Myths

I was thrilled to check into Facebook this morning and see that Philadelphia Stories magazine had posted a new review of my book Necessary Myths. In the review Peter Baroth says:

 

Clauser is a master of wordcraft. There is a kind of late afternoon buzz quality to his descriptions of nature – even in PSSummerCoverits impermanence. I can definitely see the sun setting on so much of what he describes where we can find such things as “a gossiping spring between rocks…” (“The Children Discover a Spring Between Rocks”). And also perhaps, ever so vaguely, there is a yearning for a terribly remote and tenuous unfallen past. A garden that was probably already beginning to petrify moments after its creation.

Read the entire review here.

You can order your own copy of Necessary Myths from Broadkill River Press here.

 

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New Review of Necessary Myths

The online literary pub Pedestal has published a new review of my book Necessary Myths. I’m flattered and honored by the response.

The reviewer says:

“Throughout Clauser’s book, we encounter this implicit prescription—we must go on with our daily work of being alive, no matter. Like a river, we proceed, sometimes wild, sometimes calm. Clauser gives us that much hope. Reminiscent of the American philosopher Henry Bugbee, he shows us the importance of place, of tasks, and of nature. His poems are imbued with a similar Western-Taoist worldview. It strikes me that Clauser is both old-fashioned and incredibly audacious.”

Find the rest of the review here.

 

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Interview with Grant Clauser about Necessary Myths

Here’s an Interview at ITMOAW in which I talk about myths, my relationship with readers and other things I’ll regret.

Inside the Mind of a Writer

I was lucky enough to meet poet Grant Clauser at the Push to Publish event this past October. I grabbed his book, The Trouble With Rivers, and knew I had to interview him.

Below is the interview:

WITTLE: What books are you reading right now?

CLAUSER: The most recent poetry books would be Richard Carr’s Lucifer (sort of a novel in poetry form—he tells the story of a drug-addled guy who’s stuck with Lucifer hanging on his shoulder all the time); Mary Biddinger’s O Holy Insurgency (I just started this one last night); Brian Russell’s The Year of What Now (awesome—you must get this book); and James Galvin’s Resurrection Update (this is a collected poems from 1998 I think. He’s a very outdoorsy writer, which is something l like a lot).

WITTLE: Who has influenced your current writing style the most and how?

CLAUSER: Influencing my writing and influencing…

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My Book “Necessary Myths” Wins Dogfish Head Prize

Necessary Myths Dogfish Head Prize 2013 coverI am very pleased to announce that my book, Necessary Myths, has been awarded the 2013 Dogfish Head Poetry Prize and is published by Broadkill River Press.

The prize was sponsored by Delaware’s Dogfish Head Brewery, a maker of exceptional craft beers (especially fine is the 90 Minute IPA and Burton Baton which I receive as part of my prize). Brewery owner Sam Calagione is a former student of the writing program at Columbia University in New York and with Jamie Brown of Broadkill River Press, continues to support poets through this contest. The contest was open to any poet from the Mid-Atlantic states (DE, MD, VA, PA, NJ, NY and NC).

A reception for the book was held December 8 at Dogfish Head’s flagship brewpub in Rehoboth 90-minute-ipaBeach, but winter weather prevented me from attending. I hear the food was very good.

I’ll be doing several readings throughout the year at places like Musehouse, Doylestown Bookshop and Big Blue Marble Bookstore. You can buy a copy from me at these events. I will be adding more readings and workshops soon I hope (go here for the latest).

You can order the book here

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

Also check out my first book, The Trouble with Rivers.