by David Weiss


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In the tradition of Robert Frost and Hayden Carruth, the poems in Per Diem find their objective correlatives in the cares of living in the farm world and topographies of upstate New York. At once down to earth and metaphysical, intense, speculative, and rooted in human struggles, Per Diem chronicles in an intimate way the weather systems of work and aspiration, of mortality and wonder, regret and disappointment, in a language that's close to the bone and idiomatic as a snow squall or a fence rail.

David Weiss is the author of a novel, The Mensch, and three collections of poems, most recently Perfect Crime (Nine Mile Press). He co-edits Seneca Review, teaches at Hobart and Williams Smith Colleges, and lives on a farm in the Finger Lakes.