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Poems by George Lober


Praise for A Bridge to There:

In “A Bridge to There,” the last poem in this collection, George Lober invites the reader to follow the “small footbridge zigzagging / across a creek thick with sedge and huckleberry,” to the other side, “to linger there long enough” to recall “something as familiar and delicate as the sound / of your almost forgotten name.” Reading “A Bridge to There,” one realizes that the finely wrought poems in this volume are, themselves, footbridges to familiar and delicate places of our everyday world—familiar because the poems deal with the human condition, especially human relationships, the source of so much of our suffering; delicate because Lober approaches this suffering with a tenderness and compassion which remind us of what defines our humanity.  Each poem takes us “there,” to a place both outside and inside ourselves; a place at times exotically foreign in its freshness of vision and comforting in its familiarity.
         —Elliot Ruchowitz-Roberts, co-author of Bowing to Receive the Mountain.

A Bridge to There is another remarkable achievement. It’s the bridge to the place where meaning resides, not an easy place to know or stay, but Lober seems to know how to arrive there—each arrival surprising and hard-earned.  Note the inviting yet zigzag pattern, “do not be afraid,” the title poem reminds us—follow it to the other side and linger there / long enough for the birdsong / to recall something for you….” It’s a semiotic invitation: It’s the bridge to the air (bird song, the gift of life) also to the bodiless-ness that awaits us, the space in which poems reside.
         —Ken Weisner, author of The Sacred Geometry of Pedestrians


George Lober teaches English at the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, California.  He received his Bachelor of Arts in English from San Jose State and his master of Arts in English from Fresno State.  He is a recipient of the nationally awarded Ruth Cable Memorial Prize for Poetry.  His poetry has appeared in numerous magazines and journals.  He lives in Carmel, California

A Bridge to There by George Lober. Released March, 2009.        Ordering Books
74 pages, paperback, $15, ISBN 978-0-9792567-4-5

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