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Measuring Cubits while the Thunder Claps, Poems by Gary J. Whitehead
The graceful lyrics of Gary Whitehead's Measuring Cubits while the Thunder Claps confront loss and yearning with calm music.
"Measuring Cubits while the Thunder Claps is full of insightful and thoughtfully wrought poems of endings, reflections, and tentative beginnings. Nature is an informative partner throughout, and the clarity of images, both domestic and wild, is enhanced by the author's being a painter as well as a writer. The title recognizes an ancient measure of relationships derived from the body, and the somatic distances covered in these poems stretch literally from coast to coast, from a dissolving relationship on the east coast to a wilderness residency in the northwest where, measure by measure, reassurances accrue amid beautiful simplicities like the aroma of morning coffee and the familiar sounds of jays on waking from a dream, all of which are part of the restorative process the poet gratefully receives like 'Water filling the empty heart of a kettle.'" --Allan Peterson
"Elizabeth Bishop once said, 'Writing poetry is an unnatural act. It takes great skill to make it seem natural.' Gary J. Whitehead has that skill. The ease with which these poems come to us off the page is deceptive. A second look reveals the precision of their language, the freshness of the imagery and the overall elegance of their structure. What is more, they are poems which have something to say, and that (let's face it) is by no means commonplace these days."--Neil Curry
Gary J. Whitehead has previously published one full-length collection, The Velocity of Dust (Salmon, 2004), and three chapbooks of poetry, two of which were winners of national competitions. He has been the recipient of a New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship in Poetry, the Pearl Hogrefe Fellowship in Creative Writing at Iowa State University, and the PEN Northwest Margery Davis Boyden Wilderness Writing Award. He lives in the Hudson Valley of New York and teaches English at Tenafly High School in New Jersey.
ISBN: 978-1934999257, 80 pages, $18.00