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Sitting in the World, Poems by Richard Moore
In poems of wit and crisp form, Richard Moore regards the world with calm repose. Moore’s tones are both somber and jesting as he looks at the past and the present before his eyes, as he honors each moment:
Would that I could inside, tucked in, doze:
not wrestle old, rotting storm windows.
Well, it’s appropriate, it’s true.
The old wrestler’s rotting too.
I can see, through them, death draw near.
This job measures me every year.
Of Richard Moore’s thirteen published volumes of poetry, one was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize. He is also the author of a novel, The Investigator (Story Line Press, 1991), a collection of essays, The Rule That Liberates (University of South Dakota Press, 1994), and translations of Plautus’ Captivi (in the Johns Hopkins University Complete Roman Drama in Translation series, 1995) and Euripedes' Hippolytus (in the Penn Greek Drama Series, U. of Pennsylvania, 1998). Moore’s most recent poetry books include The Mouse Whole: An Epic (Negative Capability Press, 1996), Pygmies and Pyramids (Orchises Press, 1998), The Naked Scarecrow (Truman State University Press, New Odyssey Editions, 2000), Sailing to Oblivion (Light Quarterly Imprints, 2005), Buttoned Into History (Pivot Press, 2006) and The Split Moment (Scienter Press, 2006). Moore has taught at Boston University, Brandeis University, the New England Conservatory of Music, and Clark University. He has led the Agape poetry series in Boston and The Poetry Exchange in Cambridge, Mass. and Leesburg, Va. At present he is engaged full time in keeping his teeth and bones together and his eyes focusing.
ISBN: 978-1934999295, 88 pages, $18.00