Just in time for spring (at least in the Northern Hemisphere), on March 21, 2013, Silver Birch Press will release Gerald Locklin: New and Selected Poems, edited and with a foreword by Paul Kareem Tayyar. The collection includes over 100 of Locklin’s poems spanning five decades — from 1967 to 2007. As Tayyar states in his foreword. “Read them and be reminded of the blessings of a life well lived, courtesy of one of America’s finest poets.”

Here is a sampling from the upcoming collection — a personal favorite for its humor and insight.


by Gerald Locklin

He hadn’t made a dent

In his list for weeks.

One of the items was “Call Z.”

Then one day Z’s wife called to say

That Z had died.


He was ashamed to catch himself

Indulging in a feeling of accomplishment

As he crossed “Call Z” off his list.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Gerald Locklin is a professor emeritus of English at California State University, Long Beach, where he taught full-time from 1965-2007, retains his office and contact information, and still teaches an occasional class as needed.  He has published fiction, poetry, essays, and reviews prolifically in periodicals and in over a hundred and fifty books, chapbooks, and broadsides. Recent or upcoming books include a fiction e-Book, The Sun Also Rises in the Desert, from Mendicant Bookworks; a collection of poems, Deep Meanings: Selected Poems, 2008-2013, from PRESA Press; three simultaneously released novellas from Spout Press; and a French collection of his prose, Candy Bars:  Le Dernier des Damnes, due May 7, 2013, from 13e Note Press, Paris.  Event Horizon Press released new editions of A Simpler Time, A Simpler Place and Hemingway Colloquium:  The Poet Goes to Cuba in 2011;  Coagula Press released the first of two volumes of his Complete Coagula Poems; and From a Male Perspective appeared from PRESA Press.