Poetry. "It's very rare to watch the birth of a new style. It's like watching through a new set of Proust's kaleidescopes. Mark Statman has been working for years on a vision of himself and parts of the city—concentrated and bare as any poetry. It's hard to compare it to anything else."—David Shapiro
"Sieve-like and shifty language with more directness and clarity than obfuscation and obtuseness. The father poem of EXILE HOME, 'Green Side Up,' is a triumph of courage and poetry and love. From it the manuscript opens like a flower of multiple petals. I am enthralled by a seeming innocence and a creeping wisdom, which, rather than distort the innocence, strengthens it. After all, we have the choice to see the world as unconcerned about our troubles in it. It is the world, not a bark on which we float toward happiness. An assertion of the will to see hope as language-driven, music-clad. Mr. Yeats and his wind-up birds. There are many drowsy emperors out there."—Pablo Medina
Mark Statman has written eleven books. Among them are the poetry collections EXILE HOME (Lavender Ink, 2019), That Train Again (Lavender Ink, 2015), A Map of the Winds (Lavender Ink, 2013) and TOURIST AT A MIRACLE (Hanging Loose, 2010). His translations include NEVER MADE IN AMERICA: SELECTED POEMS OF MARTIN BAREA MATTOS (Dialogos, 2017), Black Tulips: The Selected Poems of José María Hinojosa (University of New Orleans Press, 2012), and, with Pablo Medina, a translation of Federico García Lorca's Poet in New York (Grove 2008). Statman's poetry, essays, and translations have appeared in twenty-one anthologies, as well as such publications as New American Writing, Tin House, Tupelo Quarterly, Hanging Loose, Ping Pong, Xavier Review, and American Poetry Review. A recipient of awards from the NEA and the National Writers Project, he is Emeritus Professor of Literary Studies at Eugene Lang College of Liberal Arts, The New School, and lives in San Pedro Ixtlahuaca and Oaxaca de Juá rez, MX.
Author City: Brooklyn, NY USA