Bruce Lader's second full-length collection, Landscapes of Longing, (Main Street Rag Publishing Company, ISBN 13: 978-1-59948-205-7) is available now. (Visit www.BruceLader.com for excerpt, bio, and comments.) The author has published in Poetry, the New York Quarterly, New Millennium Writings, the Humanist, Asheville Poetry Review, and many other international journals.
"The title, Landscapes of Longing, may sound as if it's the work of a Romantic Poet, but believe me, it isn't. The longing in this book is for justice, for lives lived without emotional and physical harm, for understanding of what retribution really means, and the complex aspects of true forgiveness. The poems are kinetic, clear-eyed, and brilliantly crafted. Bridged by classical Greek characters speaking in jazz-like solos, these interior views don't let the reader off the hook for a second. Bruce Lader has brought us a powerful, unsparing, and yet tender book about the realities of self and culture that have assailed us since the beginning of human time."
--Kathryn Stipling Byer, North Carolina Poet Laureate
Landscapes of Longing does not hold back. Open it with care.
--Joanna Catherine Scott
From military battles to war's rough parallels in schools, adolescence, and intimate relationships, Bruce Lader's "landscapes" present images of humanity's desperate existentialism as troubled boys "dodge and gamble to exist," squeezing every bit of life they can out of what they know to be tragically countable. And at the hub of the book "leaving no rock unturned," Sisyphus stands trial, an eternal symbol of striving brought to light against the mountain of adversity.