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Notes for a Praise Book

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)

Amaranthine Hour

Amaranthine HourWinner of the Jacar Press Chapbook Contest
by Chera Hammons

This is wonderful work. The poems in Amaranthine Hour are both vibrant and somehow modest at the same time, wonderfully reflective. The speaker has earned maturity and understanding yet realizes that even this achievement has its limits and is ephemeral. The mildly eccentric, at times, lineation works here, as do subtle repetitions throughout the well-patterned and arranged manuscript. Teeters at the brink of sadness but refuses to give in to it.

        – John Hoppenthaler (Anticipate the Coming Reservoir and Lives of Water, Carnegie Mellon University Press)

Amaranthine Hour is an elegant meditation on the mysteries of nature—personal experience—and the soul—in the redemptive inventive human act of naming the invisible, and the formerly unnamable. A rich phenomenological grappling with grief, mortality, love, and the violence of loss.

        – ‘Annah Sobelman (In the Bee Latitudes)