Victor Ortiz praised somewhere inside yesterday by stating “[this book] is the intimate work of a mature poet who invites us to experience the world from the inside. Time and diverse relationships often take on a dreamlike quality that rewards the reader through multiple readings.”
Further praise from Carolyn Hall: “Gregory Longenecker has assembled a fine collection reflecting a life well- and purposefully lived, sprinkled with dollops of delicious good humor. He offers ‘pillbug / if only life were / that simple,’ and then, with unadorned language and keen observation, skillfully communicates just how complex it really is.”
Following are a few selected poems from the book:
oak limb –
holding the dreams
to look back
music box somewhere inside yesterday
the things I’d forgotten
the slow silence
of a snail
The poem – “music box somewhere inside yesterday” – was a shortlist nomination for the 2017 Touchstone Awards for Individual Poems.
You can read the entire book in the THF Digital Library and please share your favorite poem from the book with us.
Do you have a chapbook published in 2018 or earlier that you would like featured as a Book of the Week? Contact us for details. Haiku featured in the Book of the Week Archive are selected by the THF Digital Librarian Kenneth Pearson and are used with permission.