"I think most contemporary poets occupy a fairly humble place in the universe, that we have few Byronic illusions about our fame. The act of reading my poems to an audience will always be a bit scary." ...more
These poems often resist the reader in the same way his speaker resists his father, but the book’s exploration of such distance creates a closeness between the reader and the poems, and the speaker and his father, that’s almost too much to bear.
Free Union is much more than a small Virginia town. It is also the choice involved; the choice to go back to the land, the choice to settle with a partner, father children, and find both comfort and discomfort in the God these pages depict.
Christian Anton Gerard is the author of Holdfast (forthcoming from C&R Press in early 2018) and Wilmot Here, Collect For Stella (WordTech, CW Books imprint, 2014). He’s received Pushcart Prize nominations, scholarships from the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference and an Academy of American Poets Prize. Some of Gerard’s recent poems appear in The Adroit Journal, The Pinch, Post Road,storySouth, Diode, Pank, Apt, Orion, Smartish Pace, The Collagist,Thrush, B-O-D-Y, The Journal and elsewhere. Gerard is an Assistant Professor of English, Rhetoric and Writing at the University of Arkansas-Fort Smith. Find Christian on the web at www.christianantongerard.com