The Trembling Answers (American Poets Continuum) (Paperback)
BOA Editions, 9781942683315, 88pp.
Publication Date: April 11, 2017
WINNER OF THE 2018 LENORE MARSHALL POETRY PRIZEAt once an extension of and a departure from his previous explorations of family and art, Craig Morgan Teicher's The Trembling Answers delves boldly into the tangled realms of fatherhood, marriage, and poetry. Dealing with the day-to-day of family life--including the alert anxiety and remarkable beauty of caring for a child with severe cerebral palsy--these personal narratives brightly illuminate the relationship that exists between poetry and a life fiercely lived.
Video Baby Monitor
pot never boils, so perhaps
a son on a screen never
dies. Like the eyes
of a painting this image
follows wherever we move.
Surveillance is love, love
is every moment the last.
Barely moving picture, memory
of now, sleep, be still, be
safe. Night is long, life short.
I cover you with my eyes.
Craig Morgan Teicher: is the author of four books of poetry and fiction and the editor of Once and For All: The Best of Delmore Schwartz (2016). A prolific critic and reviewer of poetry, he has worked at Publishers Weekly for 10 years, where he is currently Director of Digital Operations. He teaches at New York University and Princeton University.