Orbital Paths

Orbital Paths

by Richard Meyer

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Overview

Orbital Paths by Richard Meyer

Silver medal winner, 2016 Independent Book Publishers Association Benjamin Franklin book awards

Winner of the Robert Frost Farm Prize and the String Poet Prize

In the lyrical tradition of Robert Frost and Emily Dickinson, the finely crafted poems in Richard Meyer’s debut collection Orbital Paths are brimming with wisdom and wit. Accessible and begging to be read out loud, these poems travel from the depths of outer space to the backyards and back roads of Minnesota with mature (and often playful) insights into nature, relationships, religion, sex, death, mythology, and more.

Praise for Orbital Paths

“Meyer is a siren. Just try to put this collection down.” –Nicole Helget, author of Wonder at the Edge of the World, Stillwater, and The Summer of Ordinary Ways

“Richard Meyer’s poems are a delight to read. Their rich language and metrical music draw us in…[T]he poet’s eye moves easily from wash hanging on the clothesline to meteors screaming through space. Anchoring it all is a cosmic sense of humor. The effect is enchanting.” –John Thavis, author of the New York Times bestseller The Vatican Diaries

“[These] companionable poems begin in wisdom and end in delight.” –David Yezzi, author of Birds of the Air

“This is a seasoned debut collection that smoothly melds science, religion, and nature with wit and protean intelligence to achieve original insights and cosmic fun.” –Alexander Pepple, Editor, Able Muse poetry review

“Witty, lightly philosophical, sonically pleasurable, Richard Meyer’s poems will bring special joy to those with a taste for traditional verse.” –David M. Katz, author of Stanzas on Oz

Richard Meyer inspired high school English and humanities students in southern Minnesota for thirty-two years while composing poetry of his own. He lives in his family home, the house his father built, in Mankato, a city at the bend of the Minnesota River. Meyer’s poems have appeared in numerous journals and publications, including Able Muse, Alabama Literary Review, Angle, Autumn Sky, The Classical Outlook, The Evansville Review, Light, Measure, New Verse News, The Raintown Review, String Poet, and Think. Critically acclaimed for his poems “Fieldstone” (Robert Frost Farm Prize) and “The Autumn Way” (String Poet Prize), Meyer has also received top honors in the Great River Shakespeare Festival sonnet contest.

Orbital Paths is Richard Meyer’s first book of collected poems.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781940419077
Publisher: ScienceThrillers
Publication date: 08/31/2015
Pages: 178
Sales rank: 1,252,844
Product dimensions: 6.20(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Richard Meyer inspired high school English and humanities students in southern Minnesota for thirty-two years while composing poetry of his own. He lives in his family home, the house his father built, in Mankato, a city at the bend of the Minnesota River. Meyer's poems have appeared in numerous journals and publications. Critically acclaimed for his poems "Fieldstone" (Robert Frost Farm Prize) and "The Autumn Way" (String Poet Prize), Meyer has also received top honors in the Great River Shakespeare Festival sonnet contest.

Table of Contents

Poems in this collection:
Marooned
Singularity
Adrift
In Time
Let There Be!
Farsighted
Road Trip
A Telling Light
The Pilfered Apple
Redemption
First Cause
Make Ready
Waterfall in Winter
Morning Alchemy
The Go-Around
Communion
This Morning
A Totem Bird
Tempted
La Gioconda
To Eva, Who Clings To Chastity
Quandary
The Allure of Bad Boys
Hera's Song
A Polished Pome for Heidi
Coiffure
Woman with Chrysanthemums
Tryst
A Former Girlfriend's Spaniel
Ardor
Dimmicks Beach
Morning Tea
Riding the Red Jacket Trail
Point of Interest
Fault Line
One Winter
House Cleaning
A Blessing
Terrestrial Matters
The Descent of Man
Anima
Red Splendor
Primordial Weather
Apollonian Hymn
Sisyphus
The Great Builders
A Life
A Verse
Forbidden Fruits
Disputation
The Penitent
Recipe
Unschooled
Something Like Worms
October Closing
Inspection
Indian Summer
They Come Back
Late November
The Mongrel
Christmas Trees
Onslaught
No Sanctuary
Minneopa Falls: January
March
Squizzer
Unseasonable
Sunday Morning in June
Tendrils
Fireflies
Passer Domesticus
Fieldstone
The Clothesline
Shooting Stars
Blind Date
Waist Deep
Dawdling After Wordsworth
To Helen: A Working Girl at The Palace
Person, Place, Thing
Altar Call
The Way To Wealth
Solicitation: Love in the Latter Days
Apologia Pro Vita Sua
The Tavern
To John, Long Dead
Proposition
Existential
Common Passage
The Other Side of Us
Eclipses
Time's Arrow
The Golden Age
Not Yet
Maya Blue
François Villon: The Last Testament
Vacancy
Such Stuff
Wakan Song
Hearsay
90 Years, 4 Months, 12 Days
Epistemology
Mallard
An Old Docent Dreams of Museums
Ancient History
Armageddon
The Autumn Way
Wheatfield with Crows
Well-Attended
Swagman

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