The Bright House
5.5 x 8.5, 72 pp.
Pub Date: 09/14/2011
  paper
Price:        $12.95

978-1-933896-61-8

Published by Texas Review Press
  THE CONSORTIUM

To Receive E-News
 
 
 

 

The Bright House

Ben Greer

The Bright House opens with memories of Greer’s life with George and Susan Garrett at their home in Maine. The ambiance of this collection is the mind of a boy trying to make sense of his troubled childhood and tormented parents. Other poems address such subjects as an evening spent with Richard Eberhart, Conrad Aiken’s deathbed quip, and a question to Bernard Malamud regarding the nature of God.
"Ben Greer's poems have a good bit of darkness in them, but they also have the high morale of articulate honesty. In any case, they are admirably made. This book is a worthy tribute to George Garrett and to another advisor and advocate of his work, William Jay Smith. A list of the successful poems in The Bright House would be almost as long as the table of contents. Let me mention only "Fugitive," a perfect little poem that addresses the guilt, fear, and feigning of every reader, yet gives him the release that bold truth can give. The book ends, as grateful readers would have it do, with a wedding anniversary poem full of the "round, floating notes" of joy."—Richard Wilbur
"The best of these poems—and there are many—are scenes of inner struggle, uncompromising arguments with the self conducted with heart and wit. Ben Greer's readers should feel privileged to be brought into such intimate contact with his search for an honest place to stand."—Billy Collins

BEN GREER is a novelist and poet who teaches at the University of South Carolina.

What Readers Are Saying:

"Ben Greer's poems have a good bit of darkness in them, but they also have the high morale of articulate honesty. In any case, they are admirably made. This book is a worthy tribute to George Garrett and to another advisor and advocate of his work, William Jay Smith. A list of the successful poems in The Bright House would be almost as long as the table of contents. Let me mention only "Fugitive," a perfect little poem that addresses the guilt, fear, and feigning of every reader, yet gives him the release that bold truth can give. The book ends, as grateful readers would have it do, with a wedding anniversary poem full of the "round, floating notes" of joy."—Richard Wilbur
 


OF RELATED INTEREST

Penelope's Design
Taking the Switchback
Time Capsules
Color of Mourning
Review Copy Request Form Desk Copy Request Form