"The Vanishing Horizon is full of gritty and graceful intelligence. Consistently and sumptuously detailed these poems amount to a kind of landscape of the soul that aspect of self that runs the gauntlet weathers wearies kneels then grins and keeps on. It s hard to make a way in this world to see clearly without coming to deep despair. This book is good light." --Tim Seibles
Gerry LaFemina is the author of a novel, a collection of short stories, and numerous award-winning collections of poetry including The Parakeets of Brooklyn Notes for the Novice Ventriloquist (prose poems) Vanishing Horizon and Little Heretic. His collection of essays on poets and prosody Palpable Magic came out in 2015 from Stephen F. Austin University Press and his textbook Composing Poetry: A Guide to Writing Poems and Thinking Lyrically was published by Kendall Hunt.. Among his awards and honors are fellowships from the Irving Gilmore Foundation and the Michigan Council for the Arts and Cultural Affairs. He teaches at Frostburg State University and serves as a Poetry Mentor in the MFA Program at Carlow University. For more information visit www.gerrylafemina.com.
"There is more here than deft and nifty story telling. There is ethos and pathos here too of the old kind when the poet manages a balance between thinking and feeling that allows these poems to be genuine and modest at the same time. And there is humor here an honest chuckling at one's own stupid fate. Most importantly there is a raw reckoning of the self in its sometimes most vulnerable states that's at the heart of our best poetry." --Bruce Weigl