Bearing the Farm Away
Bearing the Farm Away Reviews
Harry Moore has grabbed a handful of Alabama soil and held it up to the light of memory. In the loam that sifts through his fingers, we intimately know people, places, circumstances that nurture a poet's life, enrich understanding of our own. Bearing the Farm Awayis writing courageous, honest, beautiful. (James E. Cherry, author of Loose Change)
These poems are . . . contemplative reflections of a mature poet dazzled and amazed at the changes that have occurred in himself and . . . his life. . . . [The poems are] clean, clear, and accessible. . . . Moore’s command of language is artfully balanced by an open heart and generous spirit. (James Miller Robinson, author of The Caterpillars at Saint Bernardand Boca del Río in the Afternoon.)
Farming life in the rural south, mid-twentieth century is central to these rich poems. . . . If the book had a subtitle it would be tribute, for grandparents and parents who one day disappear, leaving personal histories and old photos, “smiling as if to dare the world.” Moore’s dreams link a father plowing behind a mule to a grandson clinging to his own father’s leg, joy and grief over time merging in the magic of the poet’s art. (Bill Brown, author of Elementaland Morning Window)
Retreat: A Way Forward
Retreat: A Way Forward Reviews
In the last poem of his Retreat: A Way Forward, Moore asks, and what of himself will he leave? For me, this is a reflective question that flows through the entire book—each poem a quest, a search, a deep looking at both the present moment and a past generously remembered. The poet's close bond with nature is also a continuous thread, beautifully woven into his curiosity to discover meaning in every moment. Led by an unceasing muse, will she whisper things he must write till dawn,Moore keeps the reader intimately involved, as he dives intolakes, cocoons, old journals and dusty briefcases. This searching is ultimately a means to discover a fluid, renewed faith in life's journey, which embracestwisted grasses, weeds...and trees he's yet to name, as well as the divinity within each of us. (Bonnie Rose Marcus, author of The Luminosity)
There is a still, small voice of wisdom, a “sober undercurrent,” within the poems of Harry Moore’s Retreat: A Way Forward. No longer midway on life’s journey—at an artist residency—he mines a lifetime worth of journals, “slough[ing] off a medley of old/selves” and seeking the clarity of “some lasting form.” Perhaps, as he suggests, we are all trapped in our own cravings; perhaps words, the seeking after them, never really changes anything within the self or within our environments. Nevertheless, Moore seeks a legacy to leave behind that will carry us all forward into “a whole new song”—one that is sacred and spacious and lifted up, despite this wilderness we wander beneath a
God-haunted “empty sky.” (Jeff Hardin, author of Small Revolution andRestoring the Narrative)
Time’s Fool: Love Poems
Time's Fool: Love Poems Reviews
“Time's Fool, Harry Moore's second chapbook, consists of twenty-four beautifully crafted poems that are both confessional and conversational.
“Grippingly honest and deeply moving, the poems in Time's Fool are by no means dark. They are celebratory and full of light, held together by hope, joy, faith, and always by love . . .
“Moore writes of comfortable domesticity, of family, blended and extended, of children and grandchildren, of birth and death, love and loss, beginnings and endings.” (Penne J. Laubenthal, Alabama Writers’ Forum)
What He Would Call Them
What He Would Call Them Reviews
“The naming of things, associated with Moore’s father, is a primary theme in the collection. For the poet, to call things in the natural world by their proper names and to understand their essential nature is to connect with his past. . .
“In verse artistically rich and highly readable, Moore has accomplished more than many authors manage in much more space. Both the insight and the felicity he demonstrates will, I think, draw many readers to this volume.” (Norman McMillan, Alabama Writers’ Forum)
“Harry Moore’s poetic voice is soft-spoken, gentle, authentic and honest as he allows us to accompany him on his journey through time and space, a friendly voice inviting us into his particular world, a voice that may tremble but doesn’t break at the current of sentiment that surges through the poems.” (James Miller Robinson, Main Street Rag)