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A Gradual Twilight
An Appreciation of John Haines
Steven Rogers, ed.

2003 • 308 pp. 6 x 9 1/2"

$27.00 Paperback, 978-0-9707186-2-4

The essays and poetry gathered by editor Steven B. Rogers are a testament to Haines contribution to poetry. Most of the material is new and all of it celebrates the immeasurable talents and matchless generosity of this writer, teacher, mentor. In a contribution, Donald Hall writes, “…But Haines differs from others in the care of his language. He writes with a hard instrument on a hard surface.”

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“Haines is not merely a fine writer but a necessary one.”—Dana Gioia

From the Book:

“….John and I walked places together in the snow, talked poetry and life and love, drank a rough whiskey called Early Times and maybe an occasional Old Turkey. But we were not real drinkers. Two whiskeys was our limit. Another thing, we didn't have money. We had hearts getting wizened on the trail. We had a great desire to find out what and who mattered in a life. We had poetry, poetry, poetry-that pungent narcotic of the soul's bloodhound-searching….”

From "Bullet Holes and Hideouts: A Letter from Syracuse" by Tess Gallagher

STEVEN B. ROGERS has lived all over the United States. He holds a BA in German and English from Florida Southern College, a MA in German Literature from the University of Arizona, and a PhD in Germanistik from the University of Maryland. He has worked as a historian in Washington, D.C. for the past 25 years. He has twice been a Jenny McKean Moore Fellow in Creative Writing at George Washington University, working with John Haines and Suzannah Lessard. He was the judge for the 1991 annual chapbook competition sponsored by the Georgia State Poetry Society and for the last several years he as been a reader for the Washington Poetry Prize competition. His poems and critical essays have appeared in a number of publications.

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