Poetry. A handsewn chapbook with letterpress cover, DEATHWATCH FOR MY FATHER is a long poem, meditation, and memorial from the poet to his dying father in which Lazer attempts to use the thing he knows, language, in order to reconcile the thing he can't know, death: "my mind inclines / to ask and what / is it perhaps to / turn your death into / linguistic inquiry / a somewhat familiar / terrain."
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