When the Time Comes

When the Time Comes

(Dos Madres Press, 2022)   A book-length meditation on the final weeks of the poet’s mother, Wendy Lazer, Hank Lazer’s When the Time Comes offers a clear-eyed witnessing of the dissolving of a life.  As in the Zen priest Joan Halifax’s book title, Being with Dying, Lazer’s poems attempt to do just that:…

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field recordings of mind in morning

field recordings of mind in morning

field recordings   of mind   in morning (BlazeVOX, 2021) is a collaboration between Hank Lazer and Holland Hopson featuring a book and a fifteen-track recording of poetry and music. Videos – field recordings   of minds   in morning – YouTube or listen to field recordings   of mind   in morning at Bandcamp  …

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3 of 10: H’s Journal, Negation and Displayspace

3 of 10: H's Journal, Negation and Displayspace

(Chax Press, 1996)   “This will be an exquisite book (not a corpse). Everything about it will delight the eye and please the hand…. Writing sentences of interest comes about at considerable cost. Writers tend to lie about this. ‘This book just wrote itself.’ Only it didn’t. Hank Lazer wrote…

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Evidence of Being Here: Beginning in Havana (N27)

Evidence of Being Here: Beginning in Havana (N27)

(Negative Capability Press, 2018)   From Lazer’s ambitious ten-year Notebook shape-writing project, Evidence of Being Here: Beginning in Havana (N27) challenges the way we read and write poetry and reframes the terms of spiritual autobiography. Though Lazer’s handwritten shape-writing presents itself most obviously and initially as a visual experience – the…

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Days

Days

(Lavender Ink, 2002)   Days is Hank Lazer’s first large collection of poetry to appear in six years. Written over the span of one-year-and-a-day, Lazer’s new book is a laboratory space for experimentation with the resources and possibilities of the short line and for new modes of lyricism. His previous books…

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