Common Life

Common Life

by Robert Cording



Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780972304573
Publisher: Cavankerry Press
Publication date: 05/31/2006
Series: Notable Voices Series
Pages: 132
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.25(h) x 0.49(d)

About the Author

ROBERT CORDING, a native of New Jersey and currently teaching at Holy Cross, Worcester, Massachusetts, has published over 300 poems in various literary magazines such as The New Yorker, American Scholar, Gettysburg Rcview, and Kenyon Review. In 1998, he was co-editor of an anthology of poems, essay and fiction on the Beatles. Awards range from a Bread Loaf Fellowship in poetry; New England Review’s Narrative Poetry Prize; Poet-in-Residence at The Frost Place; National Endowment for the Fellowship in Poetry; Judge for Connecticut Commission On the Arts Fellowships, 2000; Pushcart Prize; Holy Cross Teaching Award; Chautauqua Teaching Award for best workshop; and Judge for Samuel French Morse Poetry Prize.

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Sydney Lea

“Yehuda Amichai once divided poets into two categories: those with kishkas (guts) and those without. The latter type, he said, usually devised some justifying theory for their work, though they seldom touch the human heart. There's no question which group fits Robert Cording, who is as much amused, baffled, and enchanted by the spiritual world as by the physical one he knows so intimately. Among scores of nonpareil poems here, there's an especially brilliant one called 'The Weeper.' And so full of kishkas is Common Life that its author might be dubbed 'the weep-inducer.' Here is not only stunning poetry, but also poetry linked to things that matter.”

Baron Wormser

“Robert Cording has a profound sense of the fissure that separates self and soul in present day America. He . . . is a crucial poet, one who shows that our unflinching love can withstand our abiding fear.”

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