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Craig Morgan Teicher

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Craig Morgan Teicher

Craig Morgan Teicher was born in 1979 and received an MFA from Columbia University in 2005. He is the author of The Trembling Answers (BOA Editions, 2017), winner of the 2018 Lenore Marshall Poetry Prize. He is also the author of To Keep Love Blurry (BOA Editions, 2012) and Brenda Is in the Room and Other Poems (Center for Literary Publishing, 2008), winner of the Colorado Prize for Poetry. 

Teicher is a literary critic, and his essays and reviews have appeared in numerous publications. He is the author of Cradle Book (BOA Editions, 2010), a collection of stories and fables.

He currently serves as the director of digital operations at Publishers Weekly and as a poetry editor of The Literary Review. He teaches at The New School and New York University and lives in New Jersey with his wife, the poet Brenda Shaughnessy, and their children.


Bibliography

Poetry

The Trembling Answers (BOA Editions, 2017)
To Keep Love Blurry (BOA Editions, 2012)
Brenda Is in the Room and Other Poems (Center for Literary Publishing, 2008)

Prose

Cradle Book (BOA Editions, 2010)

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Lately we invite this stranger into our home
to watch over, like an angel or good dog,
                                                                          our son.

But she is not angelic, not graceful, her slippers
flopping like sad clown shoes. And it’s wrong

to compare this nurse

poem

magazines from a lost month litter the end
tables. A pretty nurse

pops her head in and says,
The doctor will see you now, though not

to you, and no one stands up—you are
the only one waiting.

But soon the doctor will cast the long shadow
of his diagnosis. You’ve got

poem

There must be soft words
for an evening like this, when the breeze
caresses like gentle fingertips
all over. I don’t know

how not to write darkly and sad.
But it’s two years today since
my little girl was born, cut safely
from the noose.

We meant nothing but hope