Book Release for Loose Weather by Robert Herschbach

Title: Loose Weather
Author: Robert Herschbach
Publisher: Washington Writers' Publishing House, P.O. Box 15271, Washington, D.C. 20003
Date of Publication: 2013
Language: English
ISBN: 978-0-931846-70-0
Price: USD $16.00
Description: 90pp paperback
Availability: Author's website (, and other major vendors

About the Book

This inaugural book of nearly 50 poems by Herschbach is arranged into four categories: Poseidon Boulevard, The Language Trade, Daddy Paperclip, and Augury. The publisher describes this award-winning collection (2013 Jean Feldman Poetry Prize of the Washington Writers' Publishing House) as follows:

"Loose Weather interweaves empirical observationwith history politics and myth. The resulting poems are lyrical yet ambitious in scope, searching out hte root existential qustions underlying our engagement with the world. With precise language and an artist's eye for visual detail, this poet investigates the nature of exploration--geographical, cultural, psychological, erotic--as well as its consequences, whether unintended or longed-for."

Washington Writer's Publishing House published Loose Weather in October 2013. WWPH, a nonprofit cooperative press that specializes in poetry and fiction, has published authors such as Moira Egan, E. Ethelbert Miller, Nancy Naomi Carlson, Dan Gutstein, Piotr Gwiazda, Grace Cavalieri, Elisavietta Ritchie, Kim Roberts, Ned Balbo and Terence Winch. Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Henry Taylor called WWPH "among the most successful recent literary experiments in the country."

Reviewers' Remarks

"In this fine debut collection, Rober Herschbach's unfailing eye discovers coherence amid unlikeness. Stewardesses embody figuresheads set loose from prows; grandmothers resemble 'improbably flowers.' This is a abook of 'neighborhood beauties,' of lavish ephermera--very close, but out of reach werre it not for these poems, these improbable predictions surprising memory with freshness."--Angela Ball

"An astonishing first collection, Robert Herschbach's Loose Weather delivers a fully-formed and fluent vision, ambitious as Hellenistic Athens, haunted as Pompeii, strange as fluorescent swimwear. Part sensual historian, part historian of the senses, Herschbach's range is capacious and rare--an American poetry international in scope, a flaneur in the age of supresonic travel, all with a fullness of perception that recalls Baudelaire's 'keleidoscope gifted with consciousness'."--James Kimbrell

About the Author

Robert Herschbach was born in Champaign, Illinois, and grew up in College Park, Maryland. His poems have appeared in The Ampersand Review, The Country Dog Review, Fine Madness, Eclipse, Fugue, Gargoyle, Natural Bridge, Painted Pride Quarterly, South Carolina Review, The Southern Poetry Review, The Sow's Ear Poetry Review, Subtropics, Quarterly West, West Branch and other journals. His chapbook, A Lost Empire, won the Ion Books Chapbook Award, and his work has been anthologized in Under the Legislature of Stars: 62 New Hampshire Poets and the Red Moon Anthology of English Language Haiku.

He is a graduate of the MFA program at the University of Iowa and completed his Ph.D. at the University of New Hampshire. He lives in Laurel, Maryland with his wife, Yihua, and their two children. [
edd: He is the son of Dennis Herschbach and Mary Pittas-Herschbach, and the former webmaster for Hellenic Communication Services. The author is also an accomplished pianist and accompanist, having performed a number of times with the 35-piece Hellenic and Near-Eastern Musical Society Orchestra and with dramatic soprano Ioanna Sfekas-Karvelas.]

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