S L O W   M O U N T A I N   T R A I N

poems by

Roger Greenwald



Slow Mountain Train contains glittering depths, keen attention to the movements of thought, and enormous musical velocity. I read this book straight through, then turned back to the beginning and read it all again – surprised and delighted once more. Itís really that good.”
— Kevin Prufer

“As Slow Mountain Train winds across the borders of nations and of dream and waking, we discover that ‘our silences are really full of noise,’ and we become part of a conversation that is uncommon by virtue of its commonality: ‘words acknowledged / make and save at once / whatís worthiest / ourselves in them.’ Thrillingly intelligent, humorous, sorrowful, wry, yearning, and always reaching toward a cherished interlocutor, Roger Greenwald makes the invisible visible and beautifully vocalizes the unsaid.”
— Aliki Barnstone

“This book understands what the heart thinks and the mind feels. Every poem, every line break, sings of what binds us, every bond a hinge – self and world, body to body, present and past, soul and flesh. Even the title, with its sly ‘haiku’ of syllables, 1-2-1, reveals this longing of one-to-one, one-to-another, one-to-world. Slow Mountain Train reminds us how deeply language can love.”
— Anne Michaels

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Roger Greenwald grew up in New York City, where he attended City College and the Poetry Project workshop at St. Mark’s Church In-the-Bowery. Connecting Flight, his first book of poems, was published in 1993. In 1994 he won the CBC Radio / Saturday Night Literary Award for poetry (for unpublished work). His poems have appeared in numerous journals (The World, Panjandrum, Poetry East, Pequod, The Spirit That Moves Us, Exile Quarterly, Pleiades, Copper Nickel, Massachusetts Review), and in several anthologies. In 2018 he won the Gwendolyn MacEwen Poetry Award.

He has received major translation prizes in Canada and the U.S., including the F. R. Scott, the Richard Wilbur, the Inger Sjöberg, and the American-Scandinavian Foundation Translation Prizes; the Lewis Galantière Award; and the Harold Morton Landon Translation Award from the Academy of American Poets.

Rochester, NY: Tiger Bark Press, 2015
ISBN 978-0-9860445-6-4
Paperback, USD $16.95
Distributed by Small Press Distribution, San Francisco

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