This new collection by widely published poet Eric Greinke demonstrates the power of poetry to expand consciousness. Greinke is a poet of great range and depth, traits that have earned him international critical acclaim. His poems satisfy on both intellectual and emotional levels. Traveling Music collects his best new work since Wild Strawberries (2008), originally published in journals such as The New York Quarterly, The South Carolina Review, Main Street Rag, California Quarterly, Chiron Review and The Pedestal. The long prose-poem Kayak Lessons (Free Books, 2009) is included, as well as the sixty haiku first published as Catching The Light – 12 Haiku Sequences (Cervena Barva Press, 2009). Greinke is equally comfortable with both social protest (i.e. Mild Violence, The Vampires) and lyric modes (i.e. Persona, Driving North, Clown, The Mist). These poems address the struggle of love in a brutally forbidding world, the rift in man’s nature and his position in nature itself. An instance classic by one of our best poets.
(Presa Press, 2011, 82 pages, ISBN 978-0-9800081-9-7, Trade Paperback, $11.95 USA)