After this all-but-unknown poet used to be known as an “American grasp” in an extended, lovely assessment in The manhattan Times, Tom Hennen used to be ultimately "discovered," and his e-book grew to become a poetry best-seller
“It’s demanding to think that this American master—and I don’t use these phrases lightly—has been hidden correct less than our noses for many years. yet regardless of his loss of reputation, Mr. Hennen...has easily long gone approximately his calling with humility and gratitude in a tradition whose basic crop has develop into popularity. He simply watches, waits after which moves, providing heart-buckling lines.” —Dana Jennings, The big apple Times
"As with Ted Kooser, Tom Hennen is a genius of the typical contact. . . . they're amazingly modest males who early permitted poetry as a calling in historical phrases and not allow up regardless of being missed early on. They go back to the readers a thousandfold for his or her attentions."—Jim Harrison, from the introduction
"Many readers will have fun with this evocation of a existence now not as in most cases portrayed in modern verse."—Library Journal
"There is anything of the traditional chinese language poets in Hennen, of Clare and Thoreau, even supposing he's greatly a modern poet."—Willow Springs
"One of the main fascinating issues approximately Tom Hennen's poems is his unusual skill to carry mammoth quantities of house, frequently uninhabited area, into his brain and so into the full poem."—Robert Bly
"America is a rustic that loves its ads. That loves its containers we will placed humans and locations into. we adore 'Heartland' rather than 'Dustbowl.' We additionally like to be stunned. Rural Minnesota, as written through Tom Hennen in Darkness Sticks to Everything, is a global of real looking loneliness and classes. It’s a suite of honest poems approximately guy and the land."—The Rumpus
"Hennen is a grasp of the prose poem [who] can take little information, tiny information and cause them to universal."—River Falls Journal
"What separates Hennen from a lot of his contemporaries is his willingness to spot with the flora and fauna in a manner that feels neither possessive nor self-serving, yet easily (once back) sincere."—Basalt Magazine
"There is anything powerful in all Tom Hennen's poems, an expertise and a transparent, yes voice... i do not frequently are looking to finish via announcing 'Buy this book,' yet i will say it this time: 'You should purchase this book.'"—Fleda Brown, Interlochen Public Radio
"[A] satisfaction to learn for the person that is keen to decelerate with Hennen and have a look lower than a leaf, or at a bee, or into their very own mirrored image in a rain drop."—The Corresponder
Tom Hennen provides voice to the prairie and to rural groups, celebrating—with unhappiness, compliment, and astute observations—the land, climate, and population. in brief lyrics and prose poems, he finds the specified strangeness of standard issues. accumulated from six chapbooks that have been locally disbursed, this quantity is Hennen's long-overdue advent to a countrywide viewers. comprises an creation by means of Jim Harrison and an afterword via Thomas R. Smith.
"In Falling Snow at a Farm Auction"
Straight pine chair
In anyone's company,
Older than grandmother
It enters the present
Its palms large open
Wanting to carry one other younger wife.
Tom Hennen, writer of six books of poetry, was once born and raised in rural Minnesota. After forsaking collage, he married and started paintings as a letterpress and offset printer. He helped came upon the Minnesota Writer's Publishing apartment, then labored for the dept of normal assets flora and fauna part, and later on the Sand Lake nationwide natural world shelter in South Dakota. Now retired, he lives in Minnesota.