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“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

“Teicher meticulously probes the intersections of writing poetry and living life. He can be lacerating...Teicher’s poems also obsessively chart a kind of epistemological and existential anxiety..."—Bookforum

“What can it mean To Keep Love Blurry — an infinitive phrase suggesting not only value but vigilance. In his second poetry collection, Craig Morgan Teicher demonstrates what is irreconcilable in our commonplace…Obviously, wise elders abound in this collection, but none will quite account for Teicher’s vigilant candor in the ways that he vitally enacts the “blurry.” Even in a collection that is rich with the past’s re-enactment, he admits that the most relevant memories, the most clarifying instances of forgotten dream, are most likely irretrievable, ‘locked away somewhere.’ Surprisingly, Teicher lets us feel the ways in which such a memory’s very irretrievability will offer him something more valuable than clarity…” - On the Seawall

About the Author

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.

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Product Details

  • Series: American Poets Continuum (Book 135)
  • Paperback: 110 pages
  • Publisher: BOA Editions Ltd. (August 21, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 193441493X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1934414934
  • Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 5.9 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,655,489 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Craig Morgan Teicher is a poet, critic, and freelance writer. His first book of poems, Brenda Is In The Room And Other Poems, was chosen by Paul Hoover as winner of the 2007 Colorado Prize for Poetry and was published by the Center for Literary Publishing. His collection of short stories and fables, called Cradle Book, was published in spring 2010 by BOA Editions Ltd. His next book, To Keep Love Blurry: Poems, will be published by BOA in September 2012.

His poems have appeared or are forthcoming in many publications, including The New Yorker, The Nation, The Best American Poetry 2009, The Paris Review, The Yale Review, A Public Space, Jubilat, Seneca Review, Forklift Ohio, Octopus, La Petit Zine, Fairy Tale Review, Verse, and Colorado Review. His reviews of poetry and fiction, and profiles of poets, appear widely in places like, The Cleveland Plain Dealer, Poets & Writers,, Time Out New York, Boston Review and Bookforum.

He is Director of Digital Operations and Poetry Reviews Editor of Publishers Weekly, a poetry editor of The Literary Review, a contributing editor of Pleiades, and a Vice President of the National Book Critics Circle. He also teaches at The New School and New York University and lives in Brooklyn, NY with his wife and children.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Jon Corelis on December 6, 2012
Format: Paperback
To a great extent, the poems in this book seemed to me pretty much typical illustrations of the creative writing principles "write what you know" and "show don't tell." As with so much of such work, these principles are applied to produce sequences of poems about family experience, and, though often the emotions, as here, are so clearly heartfelt that they may make criticism seem ungenerous, I can't say that this sort of poetry (and there seems to be an awful lot of it being produced nowadays) personally appeals to me very much. I found the poems here more interesting than most verse in this vein: many of them ring intriguing changes on traditional forms, especially the sonnet, and the poet has an ear for the occasional memorable phrase. The poems I thought most successful were the few in which the personal narrative is dropped in favor of more general reflections on life and death, for instance, the poems "The Prince of Rivers" or "Like an Answer, Yes" -- if more poems in this collection were this good, I probably would have given it four stars. If you aren't as put off as I am by the style of poetry I've described, this book will probably appeal to you.
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By Jeremy on November 19, 2014
Format: Paperback
I've hunted down Craig Morgan Teicher's books after encountering his poems in The Paris Review and other recent publications. I read a lot of poetry journals but Craig's the only person I felt I needed to own books by. Truly beautiful stuff.
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