Sweet Core Orchard: Poems

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Poet Benjamin S. Grossberg planted his own small orchard a few years ago near his home in Ohio and called it Sweet Core Orchard, a resonant name that became the title of his second book of poetry and the latest winner of the Tampa Review Prize for Poetry. Tampa Review judges praised the book for its "compelling affirmation of the longer poem . . . brilliant lyrical and thematic arcs, rich use of archetype and symbol, and heartening honesty." Poet and critic Edward Hirsch, a Chancellor of the Academy of American Poets and president of the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation, describes it as "a brave, unabashed, at times theological, and utterly exuberant collection of poems. This book is a beautiful orchard, and there is a sweet wild energy at its core."

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Grossberg's first book, Underwater Lengths in a Single Breath, won the 2005 Snyder Prize and was published by Ashland Poetry Press in 2007. His poems have appeared widely in literary journals, including Paris Review, Southwest Review, Cincinnati Review, American Literary Review, and others, and his awards include a Pushcart Prize as well as several literary arts grants. He previously taught at Antioch College in Ohio, where he purchased an old farmhouse on ten acres and planted the small Granny Smith orchard for which this book is named. He currently teaches creative writing and poetry at the University of Hartford.

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