POETRY & REVIEWS 

Links to Poems from The Sleep of Reason

"Goldfinch" in First Things



"Banking Hours"​ and "Depth of Field"  in The Sewanee Review



"Landfill" in The New Criterion

"Birch Trees in Sunlight" in First Things



"Cold Pastoral" in Mead

Links to Poems from Field Knowledge



"The Canto of Ulysses" in The New Republic



"Wife of Job" in The Southern Review



"First Fruits" in The Hudson Review



Link to Poems from Paper Cathedrals


"On the Nature of Starlings" in The Missouri Review





 



 

Praise for The Sleep of Reason



"It’s a rare thing in this day and age to encounter a poet unafraid to think out loud and, moreover, one who possesses the lyric gifts and intellectual savvy to translate those thoughts into the material realities of everyday life. Formal and mimetic, elegiac and acerbic, equally at home with a painting from the Dutch Golden Age and the circus sprawl of popular culture, The Sleep of Reason is as accomplished and intrepid a book of poems as one is likely to find." –Sherod Santos

 



Praise for Field Knowledge



"There are austere poets whose very distance from the world and whose reticent style create a tension that brings the experience described and the poem enacted into a sharper, more heartbreaking focus. And there are luxuriant poets — poets like Keats and Whitman and Hopkins — for whom the world’s bounty and the heart’s bottomless mysteries spill over into lines that almost burst with excess. Morri Creech is a luxuriant, but a canny one ... [H]e has made a book in which a reader can both lose and find himself. Field Knowledge is a rare achievement, and a lasting one."
—J. D. McClatchy



Praise for Paper Cathedrals

"Morri Creech uncovers for us the world as unspeakable enigma … Each thing he holds up to the eye is lit from inside with the fire of its own passing away and its own eternity … These poems transform by a deepest magic." – Li-Young Lee


 

Book Reviews



The New Criterion, 2006





"Morri Creech’s second collection [Field Knowledge] mingles linguistic sweetness with bone-dry melancholy. . . . In touching the past, Creech affirms poetry’s lavish 'now'.”  --David Yezzi, Poetry





"Field Knowledge is intelligent, remarkably dexterous and inventive in its use of form, and – line by line – often dazzling, like "the sprinkler's lisp and hiss / trailing a veil of diamond through the air." The book is also playful, sometimes very funny – exploring, for example, angels whose heaven involves a trashy casino. Such gifts make Field Knowledge one of the strongest collections this reviewer has read in years." – Benjamin S. Grossberg, The Antioch Review



 



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