Poetry. In this follow-up to the award-winning collection Asleep in the Fire, Chard deNiord's verse ranges from the quirkily amusing to the deeply lyrical and meditative, even mystical. Although we come to know the touchstones and totems of the poet's life in New England, the work is essentially unrestrained by geography or time, ranging as far afield as the poet's imagination allows. A master of the emphatic statement, the clear proposition about the world, deNiord presents a poetry that has absorbed the deep imagery of the last fifty years and the moral philosophy of the last five hundred. SHARP GOLDEN THORN reveals that Chard deNiord is one of the most outstanding poets at work today.
Chard deNiord is the author of four books of poetry—The Double Truth (The University of Pittsburgh Press, 2011), Night Mowing (The University of Pittsburgh Press, 2005), SHARP GOLDEN THORN (Marsh Hawk Press, 2003), and Asleep in the Fire (University of Alabama Press, 1990)—and a book of interviews with senior American poets, SAD FRIENDS, DROWNED LOVERS, STAPLED SONGS (Marick Press, 2011). His poems, interviews and essays have appeared recently in Best of The Pushcart Prize, New England Review, Best American Poetry, Hudson Review, American Poetry Review, Ploughshares, The Southern Review and Salmagundi. He is the co-founder of the New England College MFA Program in Poetry and an associate professor of English at Providence College. He lives in Putney, Vermont, with his wife Liz, and their dog, Soze. Author City: PUTNEY, VT USA