Benjamin S. Grossberg poetr y "The first and hardest task for a poet is to find a mode: a voice, an approach, a texture, a poetics, even if only implicit. This mode must be interesting to others, but before that--before others enter the equation--it must do psychological work, allowing you, the poet, to speak fully. The right mode is, ultimately, a key to the utter(ing) self: it allows you to express more of yourself than you realized existed. And maybe, because so much of you can come to the page, such wide vision, others will be interested, too. "For me the `space traveler' was this kind of discovery. Looking back three years on, I realize I was at an impasse. But I knew after I wrote the first `space traveler' poem that I had stumbled on something larger than a single text, a new mode that seemed to expand what I could bring to the page. It again became possible--and for a month, almost easy--to surprise myself exploring the same old concerns." Benjamin S. Grossberg's books are Underwater Lengths in a Single Breath (Ashland Poetry Press, 2007) and Sweet Core Orchard (University of Tampa, 2009). A chapbook, The
The Missouri Review – University of Missouri
Published: Aug 4, 2010
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