Note: The date has been changed to Thursday, March 7th!
We're pleased to welcome back Andrew Merton, poet and professor emeritus in the department of English at University of New Hampshire. His latest book is a collection of poems called Final Exam.
"Echoing the work of Kenneth Koch, Billy Collins and Albert Goldbarth, here comes another poet primed to tickle and provoke. Simultaneously wise and hilarious, Merton somehow plumbs issues like depression, self-loathing, regret, grief and finds its funny lining. With plainspoken lyrics and huge sense of humor, Merton allows us to pass his Final Exam on the playground of language. —Julia Shipley
"The poems in Andrew Merton's Final Exam stake out an imaginative territory that's equitably shared by God, Elmer Fudd, Yevgeny Yevtushenko, tubas, pianos and a menagerie of animals. Merton's work is as spare and lethal as grenades, blowing up easy assumptions in favor of something much more incendiary—a truth-telling that's located in the ambiguous, shape-shifting that is this moment's reality."—Sarah Freligh
"Something in the tone of this book reminds me of Szymborska and her gift for turning human delusion and bad behavior into a life that can be forgiven because it's simply human."—David Rivard
Andrew Merton is a journalist, essayist, and poet. Publications in which his nonfiction has appeared include Esquire, Ms. Magazine, The New York Times Magazine, Boston Magazine, and The Boston Globe. His book Enemies of Choice: The Right-To-Life Movement and Its Threat to Abortion, was published by Beacon Press in 1980. His poetry has appeared in Bellevue Literary Review, Alaska Quarterly Review, The Rialto (U.K.), Comstock Review, Louisville Review, Vine Leaves, the American Journal of Nursing, and elsewhere. His book of poetry, Evidence that We Are Descended from Chairs?, with a foreword by Charles Simic (Accents Publishing, 2012) was named Outstanding Book of Poetry for 2013–2014 by the New Hampshire Writers' Project. He is a professor emeritus of English at the University of New Hampshire.