Today's poem is "Walking with Eliza"
from Into Daylight

Tupelo Press

Jeffrey Harrison is author of five books of poetry, including The Singing Underneath, chosen by James Merrill for the National Poetry Series in 1987, and Incomplete Knowledge, runner-up for the Poets’ Prize in 2008. A volume of selected poems, The Names of Things, was published in 2006 in the United Kingdom. A recipient of Guggenheim and NEA Fellowships, he has published poems in The New Republic, The New Yorker, The Nation, The Yale Review, and many other magazines and anthologies, and has taught at a number of colleges and universities, and at Phillips Academy, where he was Writer-in-Residence. He lives in Dover, Massachusetts.

Other poems by Jeffrey Harrison in Verse Daily:
May 2, 2012:   "Mailboxes in Late Winter" "It's a motley lot. A few still stand..."
January 22, 2007:   "March First" " No news today—the newspaper got buried..."
May 30, 2003:  "Green Canoe" "I don't often get the chance any longer..."
May 2, 2003:  "Rilke's Fear of Dogs" "had less to do / with any harm..."

Books by Jeffrey Harrison:

Other poems on the web by Jeffrey Harrison:
"Father's Day"
"C Student"
"The Figure on the Hill"
Three poems
Fourteen poems
Four poems
"Custody Of The Eyes"
"Sex and Poetry"
Seven poems

Jeffrey Harrison's Website.

Jeffrey Harrison According to Wikipedia.

About Into Daylight:

"This book gets better each time I read it. Harrison is very skillful in a way that’s almost passed out of existence: only a handful of writers can do what he does in handling the line and understanding how syntax and line work together—employing the plain style with great virtuosity."
—Tom Sleigh

"The book is called Into Daylight, and the title is wonderfully right. Jeffrey Harrison brings what he sees and experiences into the light of what they are: the look of a flower, or a rabbit that John Clare might also have seen, or the subtle blooming of a witch hazel branch, but also a death — the remembrance of a death, the death of a brother — and a childhood game of sliding down a banister telling its delight and foretelling of things to come. There’s darkness in the light of these singularly intelligent and moving poems, written in perfectly managed lines, in a measured verse that never loses its poise. The human being speaking these lines is one whose speech is wonderfully worth knowing, quietly and vividly observant and sympathetic in judgment of things seen in the daylight of their beauty and their vulnerability."
—David Ferry

"Naturalness is the quality I most admire in Jeffrey Harrison’s restrained and deeply affecting poetry. It’s a quality achieved through great art, the eliminating of everything superfluous, easy, or artificial. What remains is utterly convincing, flawlessly right."
—Jonathan Galassi

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