CONTINENTAL SHELF is a selection of Gould’s shorter poems, written over a period of 52 years. From a poet who has focused on composing long sequences and book-length works — such as Memorial Day, Island Road, Stubborn Grew, Lanthanum, RAVENNA DIAGRAM, and (forthcoming) Restoration Day — these poems offer a structural and stylistic counterpoint. Yet they also reflect a characteristic oscillation, between “midwest” and “ocean”. Interior spaces, continental shelf.
Henry Gould, a Minneapolis native, returned to Minnesota in 2015 after 45 years in Rhode Island. His poetry, essays and reviews have appeared in journals such as DiVersos, Poetry, Rain Taxi, Jacket, Notre Dame Review, West Branch, Boston Review, Mudlark, and Critical Flame. Three books have been published: STONE (Copper Beech Press, 1979), Stubborn Grew (Spuyten Duyvil, 2000), and RAVENNA DIAGRAM I-III (Dos Madres, 2018-2020). For 10 years he co-edited (with Janet Sullivan) the Rhode Island literary magazine Nedge. He also edited and published the collected poems of poet and translator Edwin Honig (Time & Again: Poems 1940- 1997).