||Paul T Hogan
||Images by Cynthia Hand
Paul Hogan’s poems, Inventories, travel through woman, mother, into the natural world, dissolve in spirit and then coalesce again into man, father, the fact of death. They are careful accounts, fearless inventions, always crashing “the crystal of what I knew/ against the cold stone of what I didn’t.” Hogan’s poems do not seek to tell us how the world works; they want to “make it all inexplicable again.” His attention to what can and cannot be touched in life keeps Hogan and the reader on the edge of a clear, high gorge where the only viable response is to jump.
—Sherry Robbins, author of or, The Whale
These poems achieve their presence in the unique, transcendent moment of the poem itself. They reward and delight and ask us to rejoice in words and language as Ted Berrigan would say, “there is a person inside almost all of the poems.” The surface simplicity and plain speech are the result of true artfulness and sophistication. I continually rediscover honesty in his forceful, utterly clear and democratic voice. In that honesty, Hogan astonishingly opens us to the world and removes boundaries that keep separate different aspects of life. Giving us irrepressible, insightful ruminations, verbal collages and narratives that seem to be struggling to rise off the printed page as an elegy for the world in all its beauty and disturbing variety.
— Geoffrey Gatza, author of House of Forgetting
A forceful, unapologetic exploration of the masculinity of creative impulse. Hogan looks at nature, life, disparate moments, mysticism, and fatherhood not with rose-colored glasses but with the obsidian eyes of a realist unafraid to be caught submitting to his poetic instincts. Inventories is a work of great relevance, power, and importance.
—Gary Earl Ross, author of The Scavenger's Daughter
Paul T Hogan
Paul has Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in English and Creative Writing from the University at Buffalo, where he held the David Gray Fellowship in Poetry and Letters under the internationally acclaimed late poet Robert Creeley. Upon completing all his coursework toward a PhD, he elected to relinquish the Fellowship and begin work in the non-profit sector.
He worked as director of special projects and development for the Just Buffalo Literary Center, including as director of the Writers-in-Education program. He served three years as host and producer of “Spoken Arts Radio” for the NPR affiliate station WBFO-FM, and recently donated about 150 half-hour recorded interviews & readings from the program to the UB Poetry and Rare Books Room. For nearly six years, he voluntarily co-coordinated the “Writers Cramp Reading Series,” a bi-monthly platform for local writers held at the Central Park Bar and Grill in Buffalo.
He won the Academy of American Poets College Competition while at UB, and was selected for an Arts Council in Buffalo Individual Artist Fellowship. His work was included in The Legend of Being Irish: An Anthology of Irish-American Writers published by White Pine Press in 1990, and was the subject of a “Buffalo Focus” piece by BlazeVox Books in their online Late Spring 2009 journal, which featured new and previously published work (www.blazevox.org/focus.htm). His first collection, Points of Departures, was published by White Pine Press in November of 2008.
Since 2001, Paul has worked for the John R. Oishei Foundation, a broad-purpose charitable foundation making grants in western New York State, and in 2008, he was named vice president. He lives in Kenmore NY, a first-ring suburb of Buffalo, with his wife Barb, and two dogs, Nellie and Bo, and is blessed to have two perfect adult children, Matthew and Lianna.
Cynthia Hand studied fine arts at SUNY/Albany and received her Master's in printmaking in 1979. Her work has been exhibited regionally in group and solo shows since 1982. For the past twelve years Hand has also been working as a metalsmith-jeweler using precious metals and stones.
· Paperback: 100 pages
· FULL COLOR with Perfect-Bound
· Publisher: BlazeVOX [books]
· ISBN: 978-1-60964-101-6
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