Poetry. "These are mysterious poems, unlike much being written now in this country. To find things like them, you may have to go back at least a decade to some of the work being done then under the freshening influence of European poetry. I can only guess at some of the sources of his imagery and his personal darkness of tone; but whatever they may have been it seems to me that they have become part of him, revealed now in poems long thought about and carefully written, rich and quiet."—John Haines
"Like some primitive craftsman, Rich Ives engages his medium with the care and patience of the woodcarver, the glassblower, the silversmith, to reveal the hidden lives of objects that pass through his hand and eye. His poems sometimes move in halflight, sometimes break into sudden clarities, restoring our kinship with remote ancestors, the possibilities of our buried selves."—Madeline DeFrees
"One need only stop and listen to what's being said in this collection to know Rich Ives is a master at allowing each object and situation he encounters to poke its head out of its own complicated and deep realities into his, combining with all his daily actions what it is each one does best so that the resultant poems are not so much the relating of an incident as they are the actual incident itself."—Paul B. Roth
Rich Ives has received grants and awards from the National Endowment for the Arts, Artist Trust, Seattle Arts Commission, and the Coordinating Council of Literary Magazines for his work in poetry, fiction, editing, publishing, translation, and photography. His writing has appeared in Verse, North American Review, Massachusetts Review, Northwest Review, Quarterly West, Iowa Review, Poetry Northwest, Virginia Quarterly Review, Mississippi Review, Fiction Daily, and many more. He is a winner of the Francis Locke Memorial Poetry Award from Bitter Oleander. He has been nominated twice for The Best of the Web, three times for The Best of the Net, and five times for the Pushcart Prize. He is a winner of the Creative Nonfiction Prize from Thin Air magazine. His writing has appeared from eleven different countries. A fiction chapbook, Sharpen, is available from The Newer York Press, a "book of days" with a work for each day of the year from Silenced Press. He lives on Camano Island in Puget Sound, north of Seattle, and is also an artist and musician who is currently concentrating on dobro and fiddle among the many instruments he plays.
Author City: CAMANO ISLAND, WA USA