Poetry Sampler: Books


Running Patterns

There’s a quiet nobility and hard-won clarity in the poems of Randall Freisinger.  Delicate, elegiac but not resigned, he asks that his poems seek the hardest thing: to help him live without delusion.  Through their care and precision, these poems sustain us.”

    —David Wojahn


Plato's Breath

Freisinger's new poetry collection is inhabited alike by bright, tangible images and thoughtful, intricate meditations. Pumpkins, poultry houses, sperm tests, a vacuum cleaner salesman, a father's damaged brain, an anatomist's tools, a baby falling from a fourth-story window-all of these come to the page distinct and palpable. At the same time, the work finds a central inspiration in theoretical work like Jeremy Rifkin's social criticism. Poetry of both the mind and the heart, Plato's Breath embraces the power of imagination to transform the ordinary into an extraordinary affirmation of life.

    —from the Foreword by Herbert Leibowitz

The poems in Plato’s Breath combine powerful personal narratives with a rich sense of language. They are a pleasure to read—a mixture of drama and noise that gives them an almost three-dimensional palpability. In addition, Freisinger’s attentiveness to the linguistic intricacies of English give testimony to his passion for poetry, both in its making and its celebration.

      —Stephen Dobyns



Nostalgia’s Thread

"Freisinger is a poet of insight and originality, and this is one terrific read!"

     --Jack Driscoll, How Like An Angel

"[T]his book is less an art critique than it is a literary tour de force."

     --Robert Stewart, editor, New Letters

In Nostalgia's Thread, poet Randall R. Freisinger presents accessible and provocative meditations on ten of Norman Rockwell's most familiar images--shedding new light on the work and demonstrating the dynamic relationship between art and its beholder.

The poems bear witness to the fact that each cultural era must reinterpret its rich artistic inheritance within the context of its current collective experience. With unflinching honesty and deep compassion, these poems present a personal and national past which is both comforting and disturbing, both "nostalgia's thread" and "the barbed wire / of memory".

Hand Shadows 

In these poems Randall R. Freisinger imbues his subjects with their own life through his verbal equivalents of hand shadows. Replete with loving and healing gestures, the poems manipulate and thus overwhelm loss. The poet’s hands transform, counterbalance Death’s sleights of hand.

Here the Kirby Man’s magician hands lift a suburban woman out of anomie.  The hands of a father cut open a dog to remove the child’s nose it has swallowed—a real life fairy tale. And the hands of a stranger catch a baby thrown from a fourth-floor window by her father. If some of these dramas sound like fantasy, we have only to consult the local news.

Randall R. Freisinger’s poems are poems of redemption—via memory, via the loving hands of the poet. May we all be so well caught.

    —Carole Oles

Windthrow & Salvage

***Forthcoming Spring 2019 from Aldrich Press/Kelsay Press http://www.randallfreisinger.com/poetry-sampler--books.html

© Randall Freisinger 2016