Slate Roof Press



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Winter Morning

The curve of snow up and over
stone wall, perfect in its sweep
out into the world. Mathematicians 
and angels dancing together,

their temples against each other,
their bodies in concert, came up
with this just as it is.
In the house, heart, says the woodstove,
the world says, cold. Little tricks
of beauty says the table. Nothing
lasts forever says the black iron frying pan.


Abbot Cutler's poetry is so fresh and clear as to be transparent.
Radiant too, like the openhearted evening air when his father comes back
to visit, maybe as a swallow.
"So I asked him...
if he was lonely? On a day like this? And besides
I was there, his son. He said
he liked seeing me up there on the tractor."
from "The Swallow"
Beautiful work. Passionate, grieving, with a good bite about
the public stuff.

-- Coleman Barks, Author of Hummingbird Sleep

These new poems by Abbot Cutler completely live up to my expectations, connecting me to the larger world through their uniquely convincing and sure-hearted touch. I love the mysterious journeys they often become, the questions they raise, and what they leave unsaid so I can draw my own conclusions. I also love the intelligent spirit in which they were made, where fires of solitude, humility, humor, and gravity are always burning, light years away from the current scene. I love them for many reasons, but most of all for not getting old, no matter how often they're read.

-- Barry Sternlieb, Author of Winter Crows, editor of Mad River Press

Abbot Cutler has published three collections of poems: 1843 Rebecca 1847 (Rowan Tree Press), The Dog Isn't Going Anywhere (Mad River Press), and Say Dance, Say Night (Slate Roof Press). His poems have appeared in numerous publications, including Orion Magazine, Ploughshares, and Blue Sofa Review, and in several anthologies, among them What Have You Lost, edited by Naomi Shihab Nye, and Under One Roof, edited by Barry Sternlieb. He recently retired from the Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts where he taught creative writing and literature. He also taught in New York City and with the Peace Corps in Sabah, Malaysia. He lives at the end of a dirt road in Ashfield, MA, with his wife, the photographer, Sarah Holbrook.