Howard W. Robertson

to the fierce guard in the Assyrian Saloon

“The delight of this book is the constant surprise. The narrator’s physical and contemplative world is where the quotidian meets the sublime and does a hula dance. Howard W. Robertson creates a persona who whispers in our ear to come along on his bumpy and glorious ride. The reader is then placed in lush rooms of wordplay and acute observation, while also being allowed a sense of intimacy. The poetry accesses the narrator’s perspective with a curious and compelling simultaneity, akin to reading a journal and hearing internal monologue. This is a landscape where a sensei wears a cowboy hat and scrambled eggs are symptomatic of authentic being. However this is not an entirely ethereal world; the poems also create a narrative where we meet the children, the ex-wife, and even the new city budget manager. Robertson reminds the reader that living is a beautiful and terrible mystery that is best faced with humor, endurance, and love; his intense language makes this a most pleasurable and powerful reminder.”
--Ahsahta Press

Selected Works

Love story set a hundred years from now in a dinosaur park in Oregon.
A short novel about racism on the Oregon frontier.
Contemporary tales of married love and sustainability.
Poems of the biosphere.
Revised edition of this spiritual book based on solid science and the author's experiences in aikido. These poems re-evaluate our moment in time in terms of the Gaian biosphere.
Prize-winning poems from 1987-1994.
"These poems breathe with the cosmos, exhaling the beauty of daily life." --Tamara Pinkas
"Truly remarkable. Tremendous breadth. Superb!" --Matthew Stadler
“Gorgeous, an intoxicating blend.” --Santa Cruz Metroactive
“Beautiful mystery.” --Ahsahta Press

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