Today's poem is "Watching My Daughter Through the One Way Mirror of a Preschool Observation Room"
from Our Sudden Museum

Salmon Poetry

Robert Fanning is the author of two previous full-length poetry collections: American Prophet (Marick Press) and The Seed Thieves (Marick Press), as well as two chapbooks: Sheet Music (Three Bee Press), and Old Bright Wheel (Ledge Press Poetry Award). His poems have appeared in Poetry, Ploughshares, Shenandoah, The Atlanta Review, and other journals. Recent work has also appeared on The Writer's Almanac with Garrison Keillor on National Public Radio and on the nationally-syndicated radio program The Poet and the Poem, recorded at the Library of Congress, Washington, D.C. He is a Professor of Creative Writing at Central Michigan University in Mt. Pleasant, MI., where he lives with his wife, sculptor Denise Whitebread Fanning, and their two children.

Books by Robert Fanning:

Other poems on the web by Robert Fanning:
Three poems
Three poems
Two poems
Three poems
"The Bird in the Room"
"The House We Almost Bought"

Robert Fanning's Website.

About Our Sudden Museum:

"With this collection, Robert Fanning emerges as one of the strongest of a wildly talented generation of younger American poets. His poems are full-throated, his heart is large enough to drive a truck through, his imagination has (and needs) no brakes, and he has learned his trade. This is a brilliant book.'"
—Thomas Lux

"In his much-anticipated third collection, Robert Fanning records and rolls into the sparks and stardust of a life simultaneously bursting with a brave display of lovesong and loss. What it means to make a family—in all the forms of that charged word—is on full display here as Fanning knows all too well the delicate dance we must do in this life, how to chase and confront 'the swing of rope and blade,' while trying to 'teach escape to these I keep.' It's a marvel of a collection, displaying one of the rarest of gifts: that in spite of such gut-wrenching loss, we can still float, 'in the pitch of us, the bedlam and hum, in the rush of wind and sea."
—Aimee Nezhukumatathi

"A testament to the power of elegy, the poems in Our Sudden Museum actualize the world in which we all rise and fall. Though several poems smolder from tragedy, this book does not dishearten because, though tuned to the music of sorrow, Fanning's voice pulses with the fullness of being alive."
—Matt Rasmussen

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