BOY ON A DOORSTEP: New and Selected Poems

by Richard Foerster


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"In this beautiful book, Richard Foerster gathers together his poems of elegance and grace. For decades Foerster has carved a place for himself in American poetry, with his precise and metrical lines that engage subjects as small as a vesper sparrow or as momentous as Mozart’s death. His range is enormous. Foerster is an aestheticist, searching for the beautiful in the world despite the pervasiveness of grief and death. These are poems that push the reader to look out at the world we live in and ponder 'how well fear has taught [us] not to see something wondrous,' and yet we must see despite fear, the poems say, for the wondrous is all around. Foerster provokes us to understand 'that this is how the spirit shines, if it must shine at all, at the body’s awful going.' Profound words to heed from this urgent and necessary collection."

—Sean Thomas Dougherty, author of The Second O of Sorrow

Richard Foerster was born in the Bronx, New York, in 1949, the son of German immigrants. He holds degrees in English literature from Fordham College and the University of Virginia. His numerous honors include the “Discovery”/The Nation Award, Poetry magazine’s Bess Hokin Prize, a Maine Arts Commission Fellowship, the Amy Lowell Poetry Travelling Scholarship, and two National Endowment for the Arts Poetry Fellowships—as well as two Maine Literary Awards for Poetry. Since the late 1970s, his work has appeared widely in magazines and anthologies, including The Best American Poetry, Kenyon Review, TriQuarterly, The Gettysburg Review, Shenandoah, The Southern Review, and Poetry. He has worked as a lexicographer, educational writer, typesetter, teacher, and editor of the literary magazines Chelsea and Chautauqua Literary Journal. He lives in a former church in Eliot, Maine, with his partner, the artist Douglas Taylor.