Ray Greenblatt
Leavings of the Evening
Ray Greenblatt



 I have read the poems in this new book. “Harpsichord” has a delicate touch with its light imagery in the last lines. “A Moment in Ireland” while bordering on a prose poem manages a tone and feeling far more complex than the length of the poem. “Waiting for Geese” takes a familiar image and gives it a new and quick image with few words. “Modern Life” is vintage Greenblatt where he is caught in Christmas shopping and startled by a poster regresses to the longing for his childhood treats to calm him. But if one poem convinces you to read his book it should be “From a Madhouse at Arles.” This poem indicates his skill at taking on the personality of another human being and with care and diligence portraying the life of a famous poet in this instance, Vincent Van Gogh, with an insight into the painter’s desire for an ordinary life like the rest of us.
Don Silva - author of Black Kestrel

About DVORAK’S GARAGE (2004)

 These accomplished, crafted poems are noteworthy for their maturity and good sense. There is mystery in the landscape, which is held in suspension by the rational power of Greenblatt’s persona. It is the mystery one feels at the bare tip of reason’s probing. It is palpable in the landscape of picket fences, isolated highways, edges of woods. One senses it, grapples with it, and allows it, with the author, to inform and heighten the meaning of the ordinary, known world.
Ernest Yates - author of The Master of Revels


 Thank you so much for sending “Waiting for the QE II,” “The Signing,” “Accepting Summer,” etc. I can’t remember the last time I received a batch of poems I liked so much. When my poetry editor likes them, too, I know we’re on to something.
Tom Kennedy - publisher of The Cresset

Ray Greenblatt’s poetry is a voyage, whether it’s riding on a canal in Venice or spending some quality time with Eratosthenes in the Library at Alexandria. He is able to examine the universal truth or the quiet moment, and allows us to enter in. One moment you are a speck, surrounded by the power and fury of the ocean, the next you are sitting with Van Gogh, looking out a window, wishing for a normal life—and only you know what is to come. Ray Greenblatt writes his truth—and ours—at its simplest, and its most profound.
Dan Maguire - author of Somewhere Between

From Leavings of the Evening:


My canoe creases the tide
as lightly as a maple seed.
I have wiped off the grit
of modern busyness.
I am whole again
I am native.
Fresh wind gives me new breath
a laying on of hands.
Slight wobble of canoe
does not well up fear
buoyancy instead.
What can I hear
but the call of birds,
marsh grass, eternal things.
Sunlight shimmies over the water
like primal warmth.
Stars down in the depths
make me feel as if
I float over the cosmos.
I am free
and simultaneously
I am part of.

Over the years Ray Greenblatt has primarily been known as a nature poet. His previous books  suggested that connection: COASTAL BREEZES, A WINDFALL OF RIVERS, TO FIND THE WINTERBOURNE, PUZZLES IN THE WOODS. His poetry has been translated into Japanese, Polish and set to music in Italy. Ray has given readings in so many venues; from a barn in Vermont, to a retirement center in Florida to a biker bar in California. He has won awards: The Mad Poets Annual Contest, Anthony Byrne Prize for Poetry, John Corcoran Award. He was nominated three times for the Pushcart Prize. He writes of this new book: “I see 'evening' as the time for contemplation. In summer a cooler breeze blows in to clear the mind; winter we cozy up to a fire where new ideas can crackle. The word 'leavings' can be all those thoughts of a day; or it can be going away. This collection explores that push and pull of life, with nature the elusive factor which can keep us on the most fulfilled path.”

Leavings of the Evening
is a 36 page hand-stitched chapbook - $10.00

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