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Poets In Review

Poets In Review

NEW COVER POETS IN REVIEW
Widely published and Internationally acclaimed poet Eric Greinke wrote reviews of his contemporaries in two periods, from 1972 through 1982 and from 2005 through 2015. The book is divided into two sections that reprint the best reviews from each of these periods. Most of the pieces in the first section were first published in Michigan’s second-largest newspaper, The Grand Rapids Press. For many of the poets (i.e. Charles Bukowski), Greinke wrote the first large newspaper reviews of their careers, thus promoting their work to a general audience. The reviews in the second section were originally published in a variety of literary publications, both online and in print. The selections illustrate the progression of Greinke’s ideas about poetry over four decades and his perceptive insights into many of the works of the major American poets of the post-modern period. The book includes reviews of: Robert Bly, Joe Brainard, Charles Bukowski, Jared Carter, Alan Catlin, David Chorlton, Tom Clark, Robert Creeley, Nikki Giovanni, Donald Hall, Linda Lerner, Lyn Lifshin, Ellaraine Lockie, Gerald Locklin, Ed Ochester, Jerome Rothenberg, Hélène Sanguinetti, Lynne Savitt, Diane Wakoski, Barry Wallenstein, and twenty-six other contemporary poets. Recommended for college literature class.

(Presa Press, 2016, 124 pages, ISBN 978-0-9965026-0-3, Trade Paperback, $15.95 USA)

“Early in 2016, Presa Press released a book by one of my longtime favorite small press reviewers, a fellow poet by the name of Eric Greinke.  Poets In Review gathers reviews from two decades of this activity.  It’s remarkable that what we might call Greinke’s “taste principles” have changed little over time.  This could be a bad thing, of course, but Greinke was blessed early on with the most important quality in a good book reviewer:  curiosity.  Combined with his innate humaneness and honesty, Greinke has managed to write down-to-earth, insightful reviews in which one intelligent reader addresses other readers that he assumes to be equally intelligent.”  — Joseph Hutchinson

 

“What one notices about Greinke is his open and unassuming manner motivated by his simple desire to get the reader interested in the poet he reviews.  There is a relaxed informality with no ax to grind.  You feel instinctively that you have been told the truth in each of his appraisals.”  — Arnold Skemer, ZYX #72

 

“Widely published and internationally acclaimed poet Eric Greinke wrote reviews of his contemporaries in two periods, from 1972-1982 and from 2005-2015.  The book is divided into two sections that reprint the best reviews from each of these periods.  Most of the pieces in the first section were first published in Michigan’s second-largest newspaper, The Grand Rapids Press.  For many of the poets (i.e. Charles Bukowski), Greinke wrote the first large newspaper reviews of their careers, thus promoting their work to a general audience.  The reviews in the second section were originally published in a variety of literary publications, both online and in print.  The selections illustrate the progression of Greinke’s ideas about poetry over four decades and his perceptive insights into many of the works of the major American poets of the post-modern period.”    — EBooks Library

 

“Eric Greinke has collected his book reviews into Poets In Review.  I believe his motivation was to publish a history of post-modern poetry as witnessed through his eyes.  To know history is to know lineage and Greinke has them all in this collection.  He is tough on Bukowski and Creeley, kind to Giovanni, Hall and Lifshin.  There is a progression in poetic thought and insight on Greinke’s part, a maturing over four decades.  Poets In Review is a snap shot of the history of American poetry during an era of change and challenges.  Get a copy, see from where you have come.”

— G. Emil Reutter, North Of Oxford

 

“Eric Greinke has published a comprehensive collection of his poetry reviews written during two periods from 1972-1982 and from 2005-2015.  His reviews are in depth, and evolve through his decades long career.  Each review is consistent, and features Greinke’s insight as a poet himself.  For anyone interested in poetry, this collection will be a useful supplement to their reading.”

— Illuminations:  An International Magazine of Contemporary Writing

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