Cathedral of Nervous Horses
New & Selected PoemsW. E. ButtsHobblebush Books is proud to announce Volume IV of its Hobblebush Granite State Poetry Series, a collection of new and selected poems by W.E. Butts, the current New Hampshire Poet Laureate.
- W. E. Butts is the author of four previous books of poetry, including Radio Time (Cherry Grove Collections), named poetry winner at the 2011 New England Book Festival, and Sunday Evening at the Stardust Café, which was chosen as a finalist for the 2005 Philip Levine Prize in Poetry from the University of California/Fresno and selected winner of the 2006 Iowa Source Poetry Book Prize, and he has published several chapbooks. His poems appear frequently in such journals as Atlanta Review, Birmingham Poetry Review, Cimarron Review, Mid-American Review, and Poetry East, and have been reprinted in many anthologies, including An Endless Skyway: Poetry from the State Poets Laureate (Ice Cube Press, 2011). The recipient of two Pushcart Prize nominations and a Massachusetts Artists’ Foundation Award, he is the 2009–2014 New Hampshire Poet Laureate, and teaches in the low-residency BFA in Creative Writing Program at Goddard College. He lives in Manchester, New Hampshire with his wife, the poet S Stephanie.
- “Cathedral of Nervous Horses looks back on thirty years of poetic accomplishment . . . I am most stirred by [the author's] uncanny evocations of the 1950s and 1960s. . . . No one, and I mean that emphatically, exclusively—no one can claim, as might the fabulous R & B musicians he catalogs in ‘Radio Time,’ to be a more masterful ‘historian of desire.’ ” —Sydney Lea, Vermont Poet Laureate“W. E. Butts is a poet for whom the past is still very much alive . . . Yet these poems about the past are energized by something much stronger than nostalgia. For Butts, past events can resonate with profound and positive results into the present. He knows that life is full of joys and sorrows . . . in his honest, unpretentious, accepting, and affirmative voice, he tends to find something magical in it, something worth celebrating.” —David Allan Evans, South Dakota Poet Laureate“W. E. Butts takes you by the elbow and pulls you gently into his world—and you go gladly because it’s a world where you want to spend some time. His small towns, his childhood, his movies, his pain, feel like your own—but when you are done with your visit, you feel transformed—you are happier with yourself.” —Sidney Hall, Jr., Series Editor
- 128 pp, PaperbackISBN 978-0-9845921-7-3Price $16Publication Date: September 15, 2012