From the Box Marked Some Are Missing
New & Selected Poems by Charles W. Pratt
We are proud to begin the Hobblebush Granite State Poetry Series with a book by Charles Pratt, longtime resident of Brentwood, New Hampshire and owner, with his wife, of an apple orchard that has inspired many of his widely published poems.
As X. J. Kennedy says, “for decades now, Charles Pratt has been quietly placing his distinctive poems in leading journals. Now at last the size of his achievement is made visible.”
From the Box Marked Some Are Missing includes selected poems from three of Pratt’s earlier books, along with a generous number of poems that have not appeared in book form before. The whole of Pratt’s long and distinguished writing career is represented.
Pratt’s poems—often quite formal, but usually in disguised fashion—are as tart and crisp as the apples from his orchard, and will delight many kinds of readers.
The book is released along with the second volume in the series: Earth Listening by Becky Dennison Sakellariou.
“. . . No one since Frost has so triumphantly drawn poetry out of New England earth, while roaming at will the unbounded world outside.”
—X. J. Kennedy
“. . . Like Yeats, Pratt’s best work seems to have arrived in later years: there are poems in this book that are astounding in their wisdom, playfulness and, music.”
— Ilya Kaminsky
“. . . This rich collection of new, selected , and previously uncollected poems delights the intellect as well as the senses . . . This book deserves a wide readership.”
About the Author
Born in Concord, Massachusetts, CHARLES W. PRATT attended Phillips Exeter Academy for his high school years, and then returned there to teach in the 1960s. In the early 1980s, he and his wife Joan bought an apple orchard in nearby Brentwood, which they operated until 2011, when they turned over the orchard to new owners in order to keep it alive.
The central poems of his first book, In the Orchard (Tidal Press, 1986, with drawings by Arthur Balderacchi) were written with the encouragement of an Individual Artist Grant from the New Hampshire State Council on the Arts; his chapbook Still Here (winner of the Finishing Line Press Prize in Poetry) followed in 2008.
In 1975–76, the Pratts spent a year in Rennes, France, while he taught at School Year Abroad, a program for American students of high-school age. Their resultant affection for the French language, landscape and people was responsible for Fables in Two Languages and Similar Diversions, which was published in 1994.
The Pratts have two children and five grandchildren. Charlie died in 2012 due to complications from Parkinson’s Disease. His memorial service at Phillips Church at Phillips Exeter was attended by over 500 people and was designed around his poems.
96 pp, Paperback
ISBN 978-0-9801672-8-3 / Price $15
Publication Date: October 15, 2010
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