Poetry. Renewing and drawing upon a spiritual legacy in innovative poetry—an American poetic lineage that includes Emerson, Thoreau, and Dickinson, that continues in the writing of Robert Duncan, Ronald Johnson, John Taggart—Hank Lazer explores the possibilities for a newly articulated spiritual poetry. Jerome Rothenberg describes THE NEW SPIRIT as "something like a book-length prayer: a crisis in search of a resolution through language." Harryette Mullen writes that "Lazer returns the soul and its song to their highest aspiration."
Hank Lazer has published thirty-two books of poetry, including COVID 19 SUTRAS (Lavender Ink, 2020), SLOWLY BECOMING AWAKE (N32) (Dos Madres Press, 2019), POEMS THAT LOOK JUST LIKE POEMS (PURH - one volume in English, one in French, 2019), Evidence of Being Here: Beginning in Havana (N27), (Negative Capability Press, 2018), THINKING IN JEWISH (N20) (Lavender Ink, 2017), POEMS HIDDEN IN PLAIN VIEW (PURH - in English and in French, 2016), and Brush Mind: At Hand (2016). Lazer has performed jazz-poetry improvisations in the US and Cuba with musicians Davey Williams, Omar Pérez, Andrew Raffo Dewar, Holland Hopson, and others. In 2015, Lazer received Alabama's most prestigious literary prize, the Harper Lee Award, for lifetime achievement in literature. Lazer has been quarantining in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, and at Duncan Farm in Carrollton, Alabama.Author City: TUSCALOOSA, AL USA