Poetry. "A fearless exploration of how to proceed with inhabiting our language, when our words and our beloved lucid and reasonable sentences no longer seem to adhere to a common notion of reality. This poet is opened up to the fluid nature of our surround but wants to speak, not just to tell what is occurring, but to reach toward it, to be in tune with it. And he also wants to find how imagination itself can move when what it is working upon is already moving as constantly as the sea. He succeeds. Not surrendering to the possible confusion and whirl but staying completely specific to what is always coming and going, moving with shifting light and shifting shadow. These are poems that can be read individually, or as ongoing movements, toward his search for a new understanding of what can cohere. Reading them is to follow a line familiar enough in form to be grasped, but leading us, over and over, to new wonders." —Susan Thackrey
"One pleasure afforded by Steven Salmoni's wondrous A DAY OF GLASS is the quiet judiciousness with which it traces the poet's necessarily imperfect efforts to delineate and place. But this critical attentiveness turns out to harbor something more intimate and tender: through our tracings we let the world trace itself within us, a reciprocity in which we don't so much make claims as let ourselves be claimed: 'On the other hand, the sea is not the other hand'; 'To begin to drift / to remember the form you lose when, as drift, / the sea is unthinkable. If the wave is everywhere, the wave / is everywhere.'" —Tenney Nathanson
Steven Salmoni is the author of A DAY OF GLASS (Chax Press, 2020) and the chapbook Landscapes, With Green Mangoes (Chax Press, 2011). Individual poems have appeared in journals such Nerve Lantern, Fact-Simile, N/A, Spinning Jenny, Versal, Sonora Review, and Bombay Gin, and a selection of his work was also included in the anthology The Literary Field Guide to the Sonora Desert (U of Arizona Press, 2016). The majority of his critical/scholarly work has focused on Henry James, specifically with regard to his travel writings and to the "international theme" in his fiction, and he has published articles on these subjects in Studies in Travel Writing, The Journal of Narrative Theory and The Critical Companion to Henry James. More recently, he has been studying modern and contemporary experimental poetry, often with regard to its relationship to phenomenology, poststructuralism and critical theory. In 2012, he contributed the article "Spectres Of Benjamin: (Re)Presentation And (Re)Semblance In Charles Bernstein's Shadowtime" to the Salt Companion to Charles Bernstein. He lives in Tucson, Arizona, where he directs the Writing and Literature Programs at Pima College's Northwest Campus and serves as the Department Head for Communication Programs. He has been one of the directors of the poetry and art presentation nonprofit organization POG, Inc., for nine years.
Author City: TUCSON, AZ USA