Poetry. Love walks with death, death with love; the two intensify each other's existence. These two books urged from the same visceral human pool are starred with identical sibling markings, deep set eyes, monkey mouths, dazzling corneas. The two are one in voice and form, one fingerprint, one long song. They are made to be known together for they are not, in fact, separate. Death creates love, love satiates death, and therefore, these two books, LOVE & DEATH, cannot breathe without each other. Gordon Massman wants you to read them both, not separately, but overlappingly, one from LOVE one from DEATH, like playing cards in shuffling hands. Only then with Love covered by Death covered by Love covered by Death can meaning be found. This is a way to understand the crucible of existence.
Gordon Massman was born in 1949, in Corpus Christi, Texas, and attended the University of Texas–Austin, and the University of Alaska–Fairbanks. For twenty-five years he acquired scholarly and trade books in the social sciences and humanities for various scholarly and commercial publishers including The University of Wisconsin Press and Westview Press. He now teaches writing and literature at The Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts in North Adams, Massachusetts, and lives in Plainfield, Massachusetts. He is the author of THE NUMBERS (Pavement Saw Press, 2000), THE ESSENTIAL NUMBERS 1991-2008 (Tarpaulin Sky Press, 2009), 0.174: THE COMPLETE NUMBERS CYCLE (NYQ Books, 2011), the collections LOVE and DEATH, both published by NYQ Books in 2014 (also available as a two-volume set), and GOD: A HANDBOOK FOR THE DISBELIEVER (NYQ Books, 2017).Author City: PLAINFIELD, MA USA