Richard Meier has published five books of poetry: A Duration (Wave Books, 2023), February March April April (Oxeye Press, 2017), In the Pure Block of the Whole Imaginary (Omnidawn, 2012), Shelley Gave Jane a Guitar (Wave Books, 2006), and Terrain Vague, selected by Tomaz Salamun for the Verse Prize and published by Verse Press in 2001. In recent years he has practiced and taught workshops on writing and walking and other daily and durational writing practices. He is Professor of English and Writer-in-Residence at Carthage College and lives in Somers and Madison, WI.
Meier gives his audience the sense of the poems as created objects, but also encourages us to contemplate the way in which the poems might have been created, through the action of an extremely sensitive and highly perceptive self seeing and writing and reporting back. The result, sometimes, is a willful overload of the senses.
Kathleen Rooney, Octopus Magazine
When Meier insists on the stubborn persistence of character, of physical reality as well as the slipperiness of perception, he creates indelible moments which no rueful philosophic fall from lyric grace or narrative continuity can dissipate.
Mike McDonough, Coldfront
Though Meier...invokes the English Romantics, his techniques recall John Ashbery, pursuing a general failure of human speech to explain or arrest the fluid, always-disappointing world.
Reviews of books by Richard Meier
Shelley Gave Jane a Guitar
- “Conflicting Testimony” (in Bold Type)
- “Endless Topic” (in Boston Review)
- Two poems (in Konundrum Engine Literary Review)
- Untitled (in RealPoetik)
- Nine poems and an introduction (in H_ngm_n)
- The Weather at Five O’Clock, a collaboration with Sandra Doller, Lucas Farrell, Lisa Fishman, Sara Mumolo, Brandon Shimoda, and Jared Stanley