Poetry. "Recitative is speaking. Song is repeating." With this enigmatic declaration, Thomas Meyer begins MODERN LOVE: SONGS, rewriting Dante's Vita Nuova for a new age. "Song," declares the poet, "go find Love / and have him take you / to my love and sing / my praises." In these songs, Meyer manifests anew his protean masteries in a series of sonnets and prose ruminations that attest to the powers of new love in later life. "Something woke up deep inside me," telling the poet, "Watch, wait, when / I arrive I will look like Spring."
Thomas Meyer was born and grew up in Seattle. He graduated from Bard College. There he studied under Robert Kelly and met Jonathan Williams and, joining his non-profit publishing enterprise the Jargon Society for the next forty years as life partner, helpmate, and custodian, editing, producing, and designing fifty some titles. Meyer is the author of MODERN LOVE: SONGS (Verge Books), KINTSUGI (Flood Editions), ESSAY STANZAS (The Song Cave), and PORCELAIN PILLOW (Lunar Chandelier Collective). He has made notable translations of the tao te ching, i ching, Beowulf, Pindar, Sappho, and Mallarmé. His essays and reviews have appeared in Parnassus, the American Book Review, Credences, Sulfur, and Prose. He was the recipient of an NEA Creative Fellowship in Poetry, an Ingram-Merrill Award for Poetry, and an NEA Opera & Music Theater (New American Works) Creative Fellowship for Librettists. Poems of his have been set to music by Craig Carnahan, James Sellars, and Conrad Cummings.Author City: HIGHLANDS, NC USA