on the Moon
Poems by Charles Coe
Known for his powerful readings and unusually warm and compassionate
voice, Charles Coe writes poems that speak to the heart and mind as well
as the ear.Combining subjects as diverse as Afro-American history,
and family as well as surprising observations of those unexpected
moments of joy to be found in a work-a-day inner city life, Coe
offers us poems as personal as the tale of a sister who opened
his life to literature and closed her own with dope; as quietly
momentous as the story of Rosa Parks. Here are poems for Ella
Fitzgerald and Charlie Mingus alongside a haunting homage to the
'guests' of a battered women's shelter. Above all, Coe's poems
touch upon what is essential in us all and speak of life as a
gift that is far from perfect but all we have.
| "Deep, wise and beautiful ... Charles
Coe gives poetry readers many fine examples of an old, worthy craft.
A volume for the permanent shelf!"
- Small Press Review
Coe's poems move and touch people. His voice is direct, honest,
never forced or false in its note of intelligent humane awareness.
His subjects are ones that involve the audience and attract the
reader, things we want to read about and to which he brings his
unique conversational but powerful voice. We hear and believe."
"Coe is a poet's poet, a kind of jazzy, postmodern Ben Johnson:
bold plain diction; soulful improvised swirls in a matrix of straight-ahead
narrative; understated, but shimmering with wit, compassion, integrity
of purpose... There's no "filler," nothing grasping
or careerist in these pages, just the patient voice of a genuine
poet working out his life in verse, a poet who "stirs/a pot
of words/and changes lead to gold."
- The Boston Phoenix
About the Author:
Charles Coe is the winner of the Massachusetts Cultural Council
Poetry Fellowship. A jazz and popular vocalist, he was born in
Indianapolis, lives in the Boston area and travels widely to perform
and record his work.
$12.95 / Paperback Original
80 Pages / 5.5 x 8.5
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