Sunday, February 7, 2010

Happy Birthday Herbert Scott

Herb Scott, the founding editor of New Issues Press, was known for being an inspiring creative writing professor and a tough editor. In the newly released collection of his work, edited with an introduction by David Dodd Lee, we can once again be reminded that Herb was above all a poet, and one of huge talent.

His friends and family, former colleagues and students, have a tradition of raising a glass to his memory every February 8th, his birthday. This year I intend to not only raise my glass to him, but also read aloud and share his poetry. I encourage others to do the same.

The Other Life: Selected Poems of Herbert Scott 1974-2005
Carnegie Mellon University Press
ISBN: 978-0-88748-521-3
$19.95, 240 pages, paper
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"The Other Life is testament to a quiet force in American poetry, to a generous soul who bore witness to the world with goodwill and good humor. While Herbert Scott was a modest man, this collection is not a modest accomplishment. Reading these wonderful, rich poems spanning his entire career gathered together in one book feels like a warm home we enter from the cold. We can take our boots off, sit down and calmly ease into the sustaining light of these poems."

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