Lush and daring, Malachi Black’s poems in Storm Toward Morning press all points along the spectrum of human positions, from sickness, isolation, and insomniac disarray to serenity, wonder, and spiritual yearning. Pulsing at the intersections of “eye and I,” body and mind, physical and metaphysical, Black brings distinctive voice, vision, and music to matters of universal mortal concern.
“To be both visionary and accurate, true to physics and metaphysics at the same time, is rare and puts the poet in some rarefied company. Black, like a few other younger poets, is willing to include all the traditional effects of the lyric poem in his work, but he has set them going in new and lively ways, with the confidence of virtuosity and a belief in the ancient pleasures of pattern and repetition.” —Mark Jarman
Finalist, Norma Farber First Book Award, Poetry Society of America
Selected for the Poetry Society of America’s New American Poets Series