Tuesday, October 14, 2008
Honey by Richard Carr Is Released
Gival Press is pleased to announce the release of Honey, winner of the Gival Press Poetry Award, by Richard Carr.
"Honey is a tour de force. Comprised of 100 electrifying microsonnets, Richard Carr’s invention recalls Berryman’s Dreamsongs, for brilliance and wit, but is more readable. Open to any page: language and image startle and delight, like 'Einstein’s blown-fuse hairdo.' The whole sequence creates a narrative that becomes, like the Hapax Legomenon, a form that occurs only once in a literature."
—Barbara Louise Ungar, author of the award-winning collection The Origin of the Milky Way
"This sequence of compact poems is musically subtle, visually surprising, and, at times, deeply moving. More than this, though, Honey is an ambitious, intricately unified book, part brilliant lyrical meditation and part surreal Bildungsroman. In it, Richard Carr creates a character whose search for truth and self (accompanied by the Bearded Lady, the Poet, the Boy, and the Hapax) is delightful and ambiguous. Honey is a poetry collection unlike any you’re likely to encounter. It is a wonderful, breathtaking achievement.
—Kevin Prufer, editor of Pleiades: A Journal of New Writing
“Honey explodes the mundane and visits the extraordinary in extraordinary ways.
—Kathleen Volk Miller, co-editor, Painted Bride Quarterly
Richard Carr grew up in Blue Earth, Minnesota, and lives in Minneapolis. A former systems analyst, web designer, and tavern manager, he has taught writing and literature at several universities and community colleges. His other poetry collections are Street Portraits (The Backwaters Press), Ace (Word Works, winner of the Washington Prize), and Mister Martini (University of North Texas Press, winner of the Vassar Miller Prize). His chapbooks include Butterfly and Nothingness (Mudlark) and Letters from North Prospect (Frank Cat Press, winner of the Frank Cat Press Chapbook Competition).
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