Fischer , Montserrat Review
...takes wing with a felicity of words for fits of fancy. This poets
deceptive simplicity and wit limn the ambiguous nature of loving
person or place. All I want is a smeary sense, jokes
Larew. But his limpid lines do not limp and soon they up and leap:
Ive been you forever--- This could be Rumis
loving scalpel, but its Hiram Larew seeking the spiritual
Hiram Larew's More Than Anything is a strong gathering of
rich and fully caring American poems. He is in the American grain
with Emerson and Longfellow arching into and beyond the hiphop age
as if that old lapland song Longfellow wrote of is ever beating
with the thoughts of youth that are long, long thoughts. They are
about will, hope, clarity, honor, rollicking good humor and peril.
the speaking voice says 'Tell me something so honest it's bald..../I
can't help the never ending..../There will come a time..../In an
emergency or hoping..../There's no maybe about it--/I'll never grow
up/So throw me a match.'
This is only
the poet's second book, but make no mistake about it: he is a matured
talent and full on the captain's deck of the good ship tomorrow
of coming literary honors and recognition.
"'quirky, engaging and sneakily profound."
"It's poetry, all right! [Larew] takes the language
we think we know and reinvents it."
Wolfe, Washington Blade
Life is filled with tragedy and comedy, as well as secrets and evasion,
yet only an exceptionally skilled poet can blend playfulness with
profundity. Hiram Larew...is such a poet. More Than Anything
is brimming with word play, intelligence, feeling and (seeming)
contradictions...Reading Larew is like eavesdropping on Emerson
having a beer with Frank OHara...
Capturing meaning in Larews work, at times, feels like lassoing
a moonbeam, and since theres no need to look for literal or
linear logic in poetry, this isnt a bad thing.
Read the entire review
Sept 2007 issue
Hiram Larews work has appeared in several journals and books
including the washington review, Rhino, Rue Bella,
The Cosmos Club Journal, Frantic Egg, Not Just
Air, and Echoes. Nominated for a 2006 Pushcart Prize,
his poems have been recognized for awards by, among others, Louisiana
Literature, Verve, the Allen Ginsberg Awards, and S. S. Calliope.
As an advocate for the diversity of poetic voices, he has read widely
across the U.S., and assembled this collection while at the Virginia
Center for the Creative Arts.
As the co-founder of the The Poet Connection, Larew
lives in Upper Marlboro, Maryland, and directs international farming
programs for the U.S. government.
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