After this all-but-unknown poet used to be referred to as an “American grasp” in a protracted, attractive assessment in The ny Times, Tom Hennen used to be eventually "discovered," and his ebook grew to become a poetry best-seller
“It’s difficult to think that this American master—and I don’t use these phrases lightly—has been hidden correct less than our noses for many years. yet regardless of his loss of acceptance, Mr. Hennen...has easily long gone approximately his calling with humility and gratitude in a tradition whose basic crop has turn into repute. He simply watches, waits after which moves, supplying heart-buckling lines.” —Dana Jennings, The ny Times
"As with Ted Kooser, Tom Hennen is a genius of the typical contact. . . . they're amazingly modest males who early authorized poetry as a calling in historic phrases and not allow up regardless of being missed early on. They go back to the readers a thousandfold for his or her attentions."—Jim Harrison, from the introduction
"Many readers will get pleasure from this evocation of a existence no longer as ordinarily portrayed in modern verse."—Library Journal
"There is whatever of the traditional chinese language poets in Hennen, of Clare and Thoreau, even supposing he's greatly a modern poet."—Willow Springs
"One of the main captivating issues approximately Tom Hennen's poems is his unusual skill to deliver significant quantities of area, usually uninhabited house, into his brain and so into the complete poem."—Robert Bly
"America is a rustic that loves its ads. That loves its bins we will be able to positioned humans and locations into. we like 'Heartland' rather than 'Dustbowl.' We additionally like to be stunned. Rural Minnesota, as written by way of Tom Hennen in Darkness Sticks to Everything, is a global of life like loneliness and classes. It’s a set of honest poems approximately guy and the land."—The Rumpus
"Hennen is a grasp of the prose poem [who] can take little info, tiny information and cause them to universal."—River Falls Journal
"What separates Hennen from a lot of his contemporaries is his willingness to spot with the flora and fauna in a manner that feels neither possessive nor self-serving, yet easily (once back) sincere."—Basalt Magazine
"There is whatever robust in all Tom Hennen's poems, an expertise and a transparent, convinced voice... i do not frequently are looking to finish via asserting 'Buy this book,' yet i'll say it this time: 'You can purchase this book.'"—Fleda Brown, Interlochen Public Radio
"[A] satisfaction to learn for the person that is prepared to decelerate with Hennen and have a look less than a leaf, or at a bee, or into their very own mirrored image in a rain drop."—The Corresponder
Tom Hennen provides voice to the prairie and to rural groups, celebrating—with unhappiness, compliment, and astute observations—the land, climate, and population. briefly lyrics and prose poems, he finds the specified strangeness of normal issues. accumulated from six chapbooks that have been domestically disbursed, this quantity is Hennen's long-overdue advent to a countrywide viewers. comprises an advent by means of Jim Harrison and an afterword through Thomas R. Smith.
"In Falling Snow at a Farm Auction"
Straight pine chair
In anyone's company,
Older than grandmother
It enters the present
Its palms vast open
Wanting to carry one other younger wife.
Tom Hennen, writer of six books of poetry, used to be born and raised in rural Minnesota. After leaving behind university, he married and commenced paintings as a letterpress and offset printer. He helped came upon the Minnesota Writer's Publishing apartment, then labored for the dep. of common assets flora and fauna part, and later on the Sand Lake nationwide flora and fauna safe haven in South Dakota. Now retired, he lives in Minnesota.