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Orbital Paths Paperback – September 28, 2015
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"Meyer is a siren. Just try to put this collection down." -Nicole Helget, author of Wonder at the Edge of the World, Stillwater, and The Summer of Ordinary Ways "Richard Meyer's poems are a delight to read. Their rich language and metrical music draw us in...[T]he poet's eye moves easily from wash hanging on the clothesline to meteors screaming through space. Anchoring it all is a cosmic sense of humor. The effect is enchanting." -John Thavis, author of the New York Times bestseller The Vatican Diaries "[These] companionable poems begin in wisdom and end in delight." -David Yezzi, author of Birds of the Air "This is a seasoned debut collection that smoothly melds science, religion, and nature with wit and protean intelligence to achieve original insights and cosmic fun." -Alexander Pepple, Editor, Able Muse poetry review "Witty, lightly philosophical, sonically pleasurable, Richard Meyer's poems will bring special joy to those with a taste for traditional verse." -David M. Katz, author of Stanzas on Oz "From love to death to our place in the cosmos, Richard Meyer leaves no thorny subject unexplored in this often mesmerizing collection." -Melissa Balmain, Editor, Light poetry magazine "Orbital Paths is a big book in both scope and heart. [Meyer] addresses abiding themes of love and death and destiny in poems that are sometimes humorous, sometimes grave, and over and over again striking for the directness of their aim-answering what may puzzle or confound us about being human with a well-crafted, sympathetic music." -Richard Robbins, Professor of English and Director of Creative Writing at Minnesota State University, author of Radioactive City and Other Americas "Orbital Paths by Richard Meyer is a lyrical meditation that sends the reader on a spiritual trajectory into the farthest reaches of the cosmos then firmly back to earth, the panoply of human emotions underpinning the journey." -Catherine Chandler, author of Lines of Flight and Glad and Sorry Seasons "Insightful and sure-footed throughout, Orbital Paths contains potent genies in small bottles, and heady pleasures. Meyer's mastery of the short poem will stand the test of time." -Ed Shacklee, poet "Many of these poems sparkle with delightful humor, and in some the clever wit casts a dark shadow. From backyard birds to frozen waterfalls to a gun toting god, these carefully constructed, accessible poems will entertain and enlighten." - Edward Micus, author of The Infirmary
About the Author
Richard Meyer inspired high school English and humanities students in southern Minnesota for thirty-two years while composing poetry of his own. He lives in his family home, the house his father built, in Mankato, a city at the bend of the Minnesota River. Meyer’s poems have appeared in numerous journals and publications, including Able Muse, Alabama Literary Review, Angle, Autumn Sky, The Classical Outlook, The Evansville Review, Light, Measure, New Verse News, The Raintown Review, String Poet, and Think. Critically acclaimed for his poems “Fieldstone” (Robert Frost Farm Prize) and “The Autumn Way” (String Poet Prize), Meyer has also received top honors in the Great River Shakespeare Festival sonnet contest.
Orbital Paths is Richard Meyer’s first book of collected poems.
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"gorgeous incubus of dreams,
soul of ice and heart of fire,
darling villain--my desire!"
I'm not often a poetry reader, but I'm happy I checked this collection out. Something to appeal to everyone.
I deeply enjoyed Meyer's poetry. The poems in this book deal with life, love, science, religion, sex, death, loss, and more. Meyer draws on a lot of knowledge of science and astronomy for his poems. But his poems are not lacking in emotion. I found many of them to be a brilliant mix between talking about the scale of the universe, and understanding the human condition.
The first poem that appears in the book talks about the massive scale of the universe, how secluded the human race is, and how isolated one can feel simply going to sleep alone. Meyer does very well at mixing grand cosmic things with little human quirks. It reminds me of the way Carl Sagan talked about the "Pale Blue Dot".
Two of his poems are visual stories. The meaning behind these visual stories is fairly easy to guess at, but trying to figure out the details is where the real fun is. It was a great pleasure to have Meyer explain these two visual stories after I had given them some thought. Deciphering the meaning/significance of the symbols is like a cute little puzzle!
Even if you aren't an astronomy buff, I think there is something in this book for everyone who thinks about their place in the universe.
For over 30 years I taught Language Arts to middle level and high school students. I found poetry to be one of their favorite areas of
study. I wish I would have had some of these poems to share with them. In my opinion many modern poets write in a manner that is obscure and inaccessible to the general public. Poetry should be the genre of the people. Its rhythm and rhyme and music is in our DNA. Meyer has tapped into this primal, universal inheritance. If you say you don't like poetry, I challenge you to "not" like this collection.