To Keep Love Blurry
By Craig Morgan Teicher
(BOA Editions Ltd., Paperback, 9781934414934, 110pp.)
Publication Date: August 2012
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Inspired by Lowell's Life Studies, Teicher explores troubled spaces between loved ones as a son becomes a husband and father.
Craig Morgan Teicher is the author of Brenda Is in the Room and Other Poems, selected by Paul Hoover for the 2007 Colorado Prize for Poetry, and Cradle Book, named a Notable Book of 2010 by the Story Prize committee. His poems have appeared in the Best American Poetry, The New Yorker, The Nation, The Paris Review and many other publications.
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.
Although the persona in these poems toys with annihilation and (twice) with dull blades,’ it survives, and does so through aesthetic will: tight sonnets, a perfect villanelle, a moving prose memoir. True self-haters,’ writes the poet in Confession,’ perform to empty houses, late.’ That won’t be Teicher’s fate.”Publishers Weekly