To Keep Love Blurry is about the charged and troubled spaces between intimately connected people: husbands and wives, parents and children, writers and readers. These poems include sonnets, villanelles, and long poems, as well as two poetic prose pieces, tracing how a son becomes a husband and then a father. Robert Lowell is a constant figure throughout the book, which borrows its four-part structure from that poet's seminal Life Studies.
Craig Morgan Teicher won the Colorado Prize for Poetry. He is poetry reviews editor for Publishers Weekly magazine and served as vice president on the board of the National Book Critics Circle.
About the Author
He is Director of Digital Operations and Poetry Reviews Editor for Publishers Weekly magazine and served as a Vice President on the board of the National Book Critics Circle from 2009-2012. His book reviews, features and prose pieces appear widely in many venues, including NPR, Bookforum, Slate, and the Cleveland Plain Dealer. He was founding editor of the MediaBistro blog eBookNewser and is written extensively about digital publishing. He also teaches graduate and undergraduate creative writing courses and NYU and the New School and received his MFA from Columbia University.
Table of Contents
Book One: Life Studies
The Prince of Rivers
It Came from the Primordial Ooze
Variations on the Moment of Apprehending the Extent of One’s Responsibility
On His Bed and No Longer Among the Living
To An Editor Who Said I Repeat Myself and Tell Too Much
“Sometimes We Sleep Well In the Midst of Terrible Grief
My Mom, D. 1994
Quatrain Until Dawn
Part Four: To Keep Love Blurry (Life Studies)
Narcissus and Me
The Middle Generation
Lines in the Rain
The Darkness Echoing
The Past Ahead
Like An Answer, Yes
Book Two: A Celebration
Beginnings for An Essay In Spite of Itself
Grief: A Celebration