Richard Wehrenberg is the author of the chapbooks Abracadabrachrysanthemum (w the trees, 2018), Hands (Monster House Press, 2015), and River (Monster House Press, 2014), co-written with Ross Gay. They are a book and graphic designer living in Bloomington, Indiana. Their poems & writing have appeared or are forthcoming in The Academy of American Poets, Monster House Press, Peach Mag, Bad Nudes, & elsewhere.

 
 
 

 BOOKS



ABRACADABRACHRYSANTHEMUM

poetry
w the trees 2018
BUY BUY BUY BUY

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HANDS
poetry
Monster House Press 2015
OUT OF PRINT [PDF]

RIVER W/ ROSS GAY
lyric geography / hybrid essay

Monster House Press 2014
OUT OF PRINT [PDF]

 
 

SELECTED WRITING

EpistemologicalThe Academy of American Poets [2018]

Poem For Bastet + Last Day In DohaBad Nudes [2017]

I As In + Patrilineal Peach Mag [2017]

Terms Of VeneryMonster House Press [2016]

Excerpt from River (with Ross Gay) — Monster House Press [2015]


 

PRAISE

 

[Pulsing] with images of beginnings and endings, leaving and arriving. Wehrenberg has a talent for letting lines dance and vibrate with surface musicality. They write, ‘in a dream / my children are falcons / perched on my shoulders / then they are just / my shoulders.’

PEACH MAG

Wehrenberg’s poem is full of the thick time of political urgency (“at the protest we block intersections with our bodies/ iterating the names of other bodies taken from this world / via county approved and supported arms”) and the odd tempos of “a society where you don’t have to / speak or interact with anyone / to acquire sustenance.” Full of the desire to go back in time, the desire to speed toward the future, Wehrenberg insists on a loving attention to the present, the place where two people can hold hands. “i’ve been meaning / to say this in a poem,” they write, suggesting, maybe, that poems may have their own special relation to knowledge, memory, history, time: “this is real // you are here / in this now.”

RAIN TAXI REVIEW OF BOOKS



[Wehrenberg’s] poetry is very grounded in nature, reflecting on how each element of the world interacts. Some of their poems are centered around the several years they lived in Kent, using the Cuyahoga River as the driving force of these pieces.

WICK POETRY CENTER, KENT STATE UNIVERSITY

 

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