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Published: March 2015
92 pages, 6 x 8 in.
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Tough, direct, filled with sweetness and immaculate detail, the poems in Open Heart do what only the best poems do, they link the reader with previously unsuspected aspects of his or her own sensibility. They remind us what life has been like for the post-war generation in America, and they show us where hope, laughter, and genuine feeling abide.
Thomas Brush’s poems have appeared in Poetry, Poetry Northwest, Prairie Schooner, The Iowa Review, Crazyhorse, North American Review, Shenandoah, and many other journals and anthologies. He has been awarded fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Washington Artist Trust, and the Washington State Arts Commission. His most recent published collection, Last Night, was winner of the 2011 Blue Lynx Prize. He lives in Seattle, Washington.
Richard Hugo and Raymond Carver would have recognized a kindred spirit in Brush, whose poetry is comprised of the cracked music of everyday life and a longing for transcendence thereof. -Mike Dillon, City Living
I’m drawn to these poems with their tough diction, packed with the imagery of a life fully lived. Tom Brush is descended from Richard Hugo and Philip Levine, poets who celebrate the light of the sublime glinting through the sweat and mud of the ordinary. As much laughter as tears in this fine collection. -Joseph Millar