The Empty Chair by Robert W. Crawford, recipient of the 2011 Richard Wilbur Award, is a remarkably powerful collection of exquisitely-crafted poetry. As David Middleton has pointed out, "The poems in this book range widely over many themes including the mysteries of family relationships and of nature; philosophical questions relating to the laws of chemistry and physics; the likenesses of things revealed by metaphor as compared to things in and of themselves; and moral questions extending from the sophistic language of assisted suicide websites to the fall of great civilizations." But most of these memorable poems are set within the realities of the New England landscape, and they affect the heart, mind, and soul with a poignancy and poetic maturity that reminds us of the genius of Robert Frost.
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ROBERT W. CRAWFORD lives in Chester, New Hampshire, on the shore of Whetstone Pond. A graduate of Colby College (B.A.) and George Washington University (M.A.), his first book of poetry, Too Much Explanation Can Ruin a Man, was published in 2005 by David Robert Books. He has previously taught at Chester College of New England, and his poems have appeared in The Formalist, First Things, Dark Horse, The Raintown Review, and Measure, as well as various anthologies, including Sonnets: 150 Contemporary Sonnets; Grace Notes; and Rhyming Poems. In 2006, his poem "The Empty Chair" won the Howard Nemerov Sonnet Award. He is currently a trustee of the Robert Frost Farm in Derry, New Hampshire, a long-time member of the Powow River Poets, and a co-founder of the Hyla Brook Poets.
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Book Description University of Evansville Press, 2012. Hardcover. Book Condition: Brand New. first edition. 72 pages. 9.00x6.30x0.70 inches. In Stock. Bookseller Inventory # 0930982703