The Name for the God Who Speaks
ISBN-10 : 1680031864
ISBN-13 : 978-1680031867
“In The Name for the God Who Speaks, Gregory Byrd explores the fine but ever-present thorns that snag at the skin of life. Life here a ‘series of fronts and storms that never to seem to settle,’ a place where even our most cherished memories are unavoidably warped by loss. Poem after poem, Byrd delivers what we expect to find in a good book of poetry: convincing narratives, memorable images, and a meditative impulse that knows to linger just long enough. It is refreshing to discover a poet who is not obscure or clever for the sake of cleverness; who tells a clear and convincing story and, yet, who does not shy away from the complicated, often difficult, particulars of living that exist just beyond the reach of easy explanation.” —Terry L. Kennedy, author of New River Breakdown
The Name of the God Who Speaks won the 2018 Robert Phillips Prize from Texas Review Press.
From The Name of the God Who Speaks:
“Dark Lesson” (reprinted in Tampa Bay Times)
“For Paul Zweig” (South Florida Poetry Journal)
“On Being Asked What I Thought of Neruda’s ‘The Enigmas‘” (Cortland Review)
Grace Thornton discusses “Dark Lesson,” in her review of the show for Burnaway.
SALT AND IRON
“In these fascinating poems, Greg Byrd is like the fishermen he often writes about, casting out his clear and dark lines and slowly reeling us in, until we find it’s a little hard to breathe, on this dry land that might be Florida. These poems are painterly narratives, told with a quiet intensity that produces, like all good poetry, a mixture of sorrow and relief. We recognize the feeling.”
–Peter Meinke, Lucky Bones (University of Pittsburgh Press, 2014).
“By turns introspective, expansive and close to the senses, Gregory Byrd’s poems embody the restless energy of the Florida landscape, a place of stories fathers tell over beers and ordinary heroes facing unordinary times. Life-sized, transformative and singularly American, Salt and Iron vibrates with quiet lyricism and the backbreaking work of love and hope.” –Silvia Curbelo, The Geography of Leaving and The Secret History of Water
“Salt and Iron is durable essential engagement with earth, sea, ageless necessities, rooted in family, rhythms of what matters and will. Its Florida is where one is from, a way of life, in and of watery land–whether in Albania, Utah, Brooklyn. Everywhere people survive work, pervasive, to give leisure to others. Salt and Iron is “The Open Boat” in which one confronts the elements as an equal, with knowledge. Each word or line, weighed, new, timeless, needs rereading.
Greg Byrd knows the land and water and those who squeeze their living from it, children who survive its dangers, or don’t, the humanity left behind. –Van K. Brock, Lightered: New and Selected Poems
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