Regan Good : The Needle

Harry Tankoos Books resumes publishing with Regan Good's second collection, The Needle.  All donors will receive a copy of The Needle on publication, as well as a copy of her first book, The Atlantic House, also Harry Tankoos Books.

The Atlantic House, published in 2011, received a starred review in Publishers Weekly.  The reviewer wrote: “The [book’s] dominant passages belong to a nearly timeless and expressively resonant realm.  Good shows that a poet can be absolutely Romantic and remain absolutely contemporary.”  

Poetry critic Stephanie Burt said of the book: “The Atlantic House is a book that is full of quite traditional symbols…symbols for an unapologetically rich and capital “R” Romantic inward emotional life—a life that is represented quite often in traditional pentameters.  The book is always engaging [as] Good grapples with her revulsions and attractions and her desire to represent her fear of death.  It makes me want to see what she does next.  She has a sense of pentameter and a sense of image and a sense of ‘experiment’ that almost never go together.”

Poet Tom Thomson, author of Passenger (Four Way Books), Live Feed and The Pitch (Alice James Books) writes: “The poems in The Needle come barreling out of time in an utterly original and necessary way: ‘One could live a thousand years ago, or two. Or ten.’ They inhabit a landscape that is recognizably our own but at the same time is ancient, hungry, and burning with celestial fire. A poem might originate on the Gowanus or a basement in Connecticut, but it stretches much, much farther—from childhood’s savage innocence to myths that sit deep and long in the world we can feel around us. They are weird in the vital, true, old meaning of the word: spells and charms that open us to something like fate if we attend to them. And how could we fail to? The music here impels us. With echoes of Yeats and Stevens, it's both intoxicating and grounded in the stuff of the earth. The Needle is extraordinary.”

Michael Scharf founded Harry Tankoos Books in 1999. He is the Author of For Kid Rock / Total Freedom and two other poetry collections.

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Michael Scharf 
Great Neck, NY
Regan Good 
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