Broken Open

Broken Open

by Garrett Buhl Robinson


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Many of the poems in Broken Open depict the poet's experiences reciting poetry to the public in the streets of New York City. The collection includes a variety of poetic forms. Of these forms, the sonnet is prominent, along with a few varieties of curtal sonnets and a ballad on Emperor Norton, the folk legend of San Francisco. There are also numerous homages to poets and a scholar who have inspired him through the years such as Marianne Moore, Hazel Hall, John Keats, Robert Frost, John Rawls and others.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781511851596
Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date: 04/22/2015
Pages: 102
Product dimensions: 5.25(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.24(d)

About the Author

On a cold February night in 1992, Garrett Buhl Robinson jumped on a coal train and embarked on a journey across North America. Over the span of a year, he hitchhiked the highways, rode the rails on freight trains and hiked 800 miles on the Pacific Crest Trail.

Eventually, Garrett settled in Portland, Oregon where he completed his first novel in 2000. Upon finishing the novel and unsuccessfully marketing the book, he left for Alaska to work at a salmon cannery to pay the debts he had accumulated with various book clubs. His cherished volumes of Proust's In Search of Lost Time put him over the edge financially, but he never hesitates to endure hardship for the sake of beauty.

After two summers in Alaska, Garrett moved to San Francisco where he composed two collections of poetry. One of these collections is illustrated with his own abstract vignettes. He also completed his second novel, Zoë.

In 2011, Garrett moved to New York City to further his literary career. While supporting himself at various jobs, Garrett composed his third novel, Nunatak, based on his experiences working in Alaska, and a book length poem, Martha, celebrating his love for performance dance.

In 2012, he began marketing his books directly to the public. In Midtown Manhattan, along 5th Avenue, he is frequently found reciting his poetry and singing from his musical.

After publishing two more collections of poetry, flowing stone and Broken Open, Garrett made his Off-Broadway debut performing his musical, Letters to Zoey, at Theatre Row in New York City. The musical is his adaptation of his second novel, Zoë.

Since the world Premiere, Garrett has continued to perform the Letters to Zoey in New York City and Boston.

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