A fugue, a bouquet, a squall, a ballet of lexical pirouettes … how to describe these unique swirls of dizzying virtuosity? These new poems are oracular lenses peering into the soul’s inscrutable dimensions, laughing, musing, mourning, dazzling … a kaleidoscope beamed through a prism to focus on unseeable beauty. Richard Martin is a one of-a-kind visionary, transcribing existence into highly-charged, sophisticated ode/codas. He is a model of his motto: “Be in the paradigm-shifting business.”
Jeffrey Cyphers Wright
Marvelous and funhouse magnificent, Martin’s realm of pure poetry playground emanates E!-magination and the magic of a magical adventure in poem matter. The poet juxtaposes, surprises, quicks and spins, wit humors, smarts with a bounty, and contorts phrases to present what defines the mind of a poet making and basking in the baking of poetry.
Richard Martin’s most recent books of poetry are Under the Sky of No Complaint (Lavender Ink /Fell Swoop, 2013), Techniques in the Neighborhood of Sleep (Spuyten Duyvil, 2016), Goosebumps of Antimatter (Spuyten Duyvil, 2018), and Hard Labor (Igneus Press, 2019). Martin is a past recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts Literature Fellowship for Poetry, founder of The Big Horror Poetry Series (Binghamton, New York, 1983-1996) and a retired Boston Public Schools principal. He lives in Boston with his family.