Breeze, winner of the 2003 Ernest Sandeen Prize in Poetry, exudes a material and musical sensibility, informed as much by the sound of a word as it rolls off the tongue as by the ideas it may trigger. Two beliefs shape these poems. First, that attention to language - to its sound and vagary - is as crucial to writing as attentiveness to the minutiae of the world. Second, that language and the world will always make an uneven fit. In these carefully crafted poems, John Latta traces the process of language attempting to align its measure against the amplitude of the world. His writing recognizes the futility of representing the world while braving the caprice of trying to do so. Made of image, invention, and music, the poetry of Breeze challenges and inspires. The Fort And Fortress Of Our Certainty More than one world Is more than we can take took As we are by a serious indebtedness. To the distinct coinages of Invention one sentence dogging the heels of another, A welter of music and grammar Lashes us blind.
John Latta is the author of Rubbing Torsos and the recipient of numerous awards, including two NEA creative writing fellowships. His poems have appeared in a wide variety of publications, including Boston Review, New American Writing, the Gettysburg Review, Jacket, and Chicago Review. Latta received his A.B. in English from Cornell University, where he founded the literary magazine Chiaroscuro. He earned an M.F.A. in Creative Writing at the University of Virginia and a Ph.D. in English at the State University of New York, Albany. Latta works at the University of Michigan's Harlan Hatcher Graduate Library.