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Today's poem is "The Stars"
from Shouting Down the Silence

Creative Arts Book Company

Morton Marcus is the author of eight volumes of poetry and one novel, among them The Santa Cruz Mountain Poems, Pages from a Scrapbook of Immigrants, and When People Could Fly. He has published over 400 poems in literary journals and has had work selected to appear in more than 76 anthologies in the United States, Europe and Australia. His ninth book, Moments Without Names: New & Selected Prose Poems, was published in Spring 2002 as part of the Marie Alexander Series of White Pine Press.

About Shouting Down the Silence:

"Morton Marcus is a poet at the top of his form, one who knows all the tricks and can just toss them aside, In Shouting Down the Silence, he holds his life in both hands, unhurriedly turning it this way to catch the light and that way to create deep shadows. The poems move seamlessly from unblinking examinations of real life, of family, of aging, of memory, into a kingdom of ice and moonlit molars—and often the border between both worlds disappears. Marcus has concentrated on prose poems in recent years, but it is great to see he can still turn a line with the best of them."
—Robert Hershon

"Morton Marcus is one of our finest poets and, as is always the case with his work, I find Shouting Down the Silence illuminating and delightful."
—Vern Rutsala

"Morton Marcus writes in an idiom that is accessible to many and finely wrought, creating a texture remarkable for its lyrical range and mastery of metaphor.... He is one of the most readable and moving poets of our generation."
—Charles Simic

"Marcus is the kind of priest poet who, like Peguy or Jacob, gets to the light by tearing up the universe in ecstatic dance."
—Andre Codrescu, Shocks

"His is a special empathy. He is the poet of the simple gesture as that gesture evokes metaphysical meanings.... Our souls need more poems like his."
—Robert Peters, Kayak

"Morton Marcus's poems are characterized by a generosity of spirit, a clear and curious intelligence, and a longing to connect. His 'Tongue, wild meat rose' is heir to Whitman's barbaric yawp; these songs to our humanity, in a language accessible and true."
—Kim Addonizio



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