Poetry. "Dick Lourie has written a rich, spacious book. Observing the principles that 'we are all embedded in history' and that the individual 'contains multitudes,' these poems present a portrait of a place, Clarksdale, Mississippi, and its people, through a unique cultural and social perspective. Lourie has an impeccable ear for colloquial nuances and an acute eye for meaningful trivia. IF THE DELTA WAS THE SEA is a genuine delight"--Ha Jin. "Dick Lourie has something to say and he says it well. Here, in direct, clear, no-nonsense language, he tells the story of Clarksdale, in the heart of the Mississippi Delta. The voices of the town ring true, from blues legend Robert Johnson. to Lin 'Pap' Pang, an elder in the Chinese community, all presented with irony, humor and honest insight. .."--Martin Espada.
Sax and trumpet player, poet, literary editor since 1966. He is the author of numerous works most recently JAM SESSION (Hanging Loose Press, 2020) and IF THE DELTA WAS THE SEA (Hanging Loose Press, 2009).Author City: SOMERVILLE, MA USA