Notes for a Praise Book

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Notes for a Praise BookJeff Hardin is extremely sophisticated, mature, and knows exactly what he is doing.

— Toi Derricotte, The Undertaker’s Daughter (Pitt Poetry Series), Academy of American Poets’ Board of Chancellors

An “advocate of letting things lean as they must,” Jeff Hardin does not shy from the realities of a changing world, each poem “the gist of the gist,” that precise and graceful a rendering. Of course there is sorrow in Hardin’s awareness of the present slipping into the past, into “a field gone dark with itself.” And there is beauty, too—as Hardin shows us—in the inevitability of “a compass pointing here / and nowhere else.” Notes for a Praise Book is the welcome new work of a wise and generous poet.

— Claudia Emerson, Late Wife (LSU Press, winner Pulitzer Prize)