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The Shape of Regret

Poems by Herbert Woodward Martin

Poetry, African American Studies

Paperback
Available October 2019
ISBN: 9780814347249
Pages: 96 Size: 6x9
eBOOK
Available October 2019
ISBN: 9780814347256

The Shape of Regret is a new poetry collection with a long shelf life, something that will be whispered about—gossiped about—by creative readers and writers for years to come. Herbert Woodward Martin is an acclaimed professor and influential American poet who has been known to inspire and encourage.

To create his poems, Martin draws from his own life, experiences, and passions. Many of the poems speak directly or indirectly to poets who have shaped or interested Martin, including Hart Crane, William Carlos Williams, Lucille Clifton, Jackson Mac Low, and Robert Frost. He also gives further voice and testimony to the African American experience both in the present and the past. An early reader of the collection said that Martin "continues to contribute to the canon. As an African American poet, he incorporates voices, a range of perspectives, and a unique approach to conveying and incorporating culture into literary language."

Martin has been clear that his intention with this collection is to gather as many interesting ideas as possible in one place. His aim is, and has always been, to witness a thriving poetry community—one in which poets of all backgrounds can learn from each other and continue to grow together. The Shape of Regret is a wonderful place to either start or revive one’s love of poetry.

Herbert Woodward Martin is professor emeritus at University of Dayton, a performer (especially of Paul Laurence Dunbar’s work), African American scholar, and author of nine books of poetry.