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Approaching the Center
Myronn Hardy



Inland Seas

New Issues Poetry & Prose
2001 • 99 pp. 6 x 8 1/2"
Poetry

$14.00 Paperback, 978-1-930974-01-2



In this beautifully wrought first book, Myronn Hardy writes poems that explore the connection between places, examine where things lie. The poet travels to countries such as Spain, Brazil, South Africa, Cuba, and always manages to enter into discourse with both citizen and place. He gets inside, is inhabited himself, while he recovers kinship to a multifarious planet. Hardy is both traveler and witness, and Approaching the Center promises much more to come from this brilliant new writer.

Reviews / Endorsements



“Myronn Hardy is a poet of the world, universal in the truest sense. He brings exquisite poetic diction and a gift for the image to the plazas of Havana, the villages of Madagascar, a tin schoolhouse in Soweto, an ancient wall in Rome scarred with racist graffiti. But this is not a collection of vacation poems; Hardy is sensitive to suffering and defiance of suffering all around him. The poet awakens ghosts, invoking Hughes and Lorca, two voices that resonate throughout the poems. Just as the poet spreads a map across a picnic table in Arkansas, showing his grandparents the 'ghost lands' of Africa they have forgotten, so he maps a world of poetry for the rest of us, drawing a line from Soweto to Little Rock. The poetry of Myronn Hardy is indelibly vivid; he makes a memorable debut.”—Martin Espada

Awards/Recognition:

Winner of the Oakland/Josephine Miles Award


MYRONN HARDY is the author of three previous books of poems: Approaching the Center, winner of the PEN/Oakland Josephine Miles Award, The Headless Saints, winner of the Hurston/Wright Legacy Award, and Catastrophic Bliss, winner of the Griot-Stadler Prize for Poetry. He has received fellowships from the Anneberg Foundation, Djerassi, the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference, the Sacatar Foundation, and Fundación Valparaiso. He divides his time between Morocco and New York City.



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