Strange Land

Crab Orchard Poetry Series

Selected by Natasha Trethewey

(Southern Illinois University Press, 2010)

     "...beautiful, uncompromising poems." — David Ferry

     "This is a first book of rare mastery." — Robert Pinsky

No Other Gods 

(Salmon Poetry, 2015)

     "The mastery displayed in Todd Hearon's [No Other Gods]—in the complexity and clarity of his rhetorical frames, the beauty and balance of his artifacts, the power and freedom of his imagination, the precision of his music, his anthropological stringency—is astonishing enough.  Astonishing beyond hope is the commitment to reality, the developed vision, that this mastery serves." — Vijay Seshadri

Crows in Eden 

(Salmon Poetry, forthcoming spring 2020)

     "Todd Hearon’s Crows in Eden is an unflinching look at America’s long history of white terrorism and racial expulsion, told by one who knows southern white culture from the inside.  Whether he is uncovering the buried sins of Eden, Tennessee, or documenting the banished black community of Malaga Island, Maine, Hearon seeks no less than to reveal, at last, 'a history never written down.'  By turns brutally honest and poignantly elegiac, these poems are a vital contribution to the real history of home." — Patrick Phillips

     "In Crows in Eden, Todd Hearon practices that rare brand of poetic ingenuity, one attuned to the modal phrasings of history and those voices carried over time by wind and imagination. Underpinned by a deep faith in language and form, the poems here, perceptive and lyrical, forgo amnesia in favor of a perpetual light, and what Hearon devastatingly uncovers is nothing less than our brutal past, and yes,  the paucity of our humanity. Yet, Crows in Eden has within its vision that city on the hill, some future America, sustained by moral and just measures of sound and fury." — Major Jackson


"un/bodying/s" (with music by Gregory W. Brown), The Common Poetry Feature, February 2018 

"Mnemosyne":  An Art Song Project (with music by Carrie Magin, The Cincinnati Review, August 8, 2017

Poetry Foundation

AGNI Online


"Driving to Malaga," The Common, Issue 10


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