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Blue Collar Eulogies Paperback – April 15, 2009
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Meanwhile, I've been writing and publishing poetry for many years. My fourth poetry book, What To Do If You're Buried Alive, was just released by Split Lip Press. My third, Damnatio Memoriae (lit. "damned memory"), won the Brick Road Poetry Book Contest. I'm also the author of two other poetry books: Leaving Iowa (winner of the Liam Rector First Book Award) and Blue Collar Eulogies (Steel Toe Books, finalist for the Grub Street Book Prize).
In addition to my full-length poetry books, I've also published five poetry chapbooks: Pure Elysium (winner of the Palettes and Quills Chapbook Contest), The Clay-Shaper's Husband (winner of the Codhill Press Chapbook Award), Real Courage (winner of the Terminus Magazine and Jeanne Duval Editions Poetry Chapbook Prize), The Right Madness of Beggars (winner of the Uccelli Press 3rd Annual Chapbook Competition), and Cardboard Urn (winner of the Copperdome Chapbook Contest).
I've also won the Marjorie J. Wilson Best Poem Contest, the Laureate Prize for Poetry, the James Wright Poetry Award, and the Annie Finch Prize for Poetry. My work has appeared in Ploughshares, North American Review, Arts & Letters, River Styx, Quick Fiction, Asimov's Science Fiction Magazine, and other journals.
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Top Customer Reviews
When I started reading the book from the beginning I started to see a pattern emerge. Meyerhofer is going about the business of taking everyday observations and connecting them to the rest of the world with such a confidence it is simply astonishing. The opening poem, "The Trouble with Hammers" starts off simply enough, but within the confines of a single poem, the reader is treated to the myriad of subjects Meyerhofer finds intriguing. What is more, he does not seem to be frightened by the prospect of the poem being more than a single thought. Meyerhofer lets the poem wander from one thought to the next in an organic stream of consciousness vision. This is not the exception in this book ,but rather the rule, where Meyerhofer succeeds in creating a place where all things, it is discovered, are connected through his experiences.
On a personal level, I cannot help but identify with much of the poet's sensbilities, especially when he reveals elements of his difficult childhood. Whether it is the school bully, poverty, or the awkwardness of building social skills, Meyerhofer is very open about the events which colored his youth.Read more ›
The sheer range of subjects and references at Meyerhofer's command makes every poem in the book a neat surprise. Ancient pottery in one poem, keyboard shortcuts in another. The size of whale brains in one stanza, The Kingston Trio in another. The ancient Egyptians in one line, Pedialyte in the next. But his movements are so natural, so perfect that you barely notice them. Then you backtrack, reread, and you're amazed how far you actually travel in a Meyerhofer poem. Yet, every poem is grounded in real human emotion at the same time.
This is great stuff from one of the best poets going right now.
Mr. Meyerhofer is a very good poet, and he keeps getting better.