Poet and literary critic Craig Morgan Teicher is the author of three books of poems, The Trembling Answers (BOA, 2017), To Keep Love Blurry (BOA, 2012), and Brenda Is in the Room and Other Poems, (CLP, 2007), winner of the Colorado Prize for Poetry. He also wrote Cradle Book: Stories and Fables (BOA, 2010) and the chapbook Ambivalence and Other Conundrums (Omnidawn, 2014). His first collection of essays, We Begin in Gladness: How Poets Progress, will be published by Graywolf in November 2018.
Teicher edited Once and For All: The Best of Delmore Schwartz (New Directions, 2016) and serves as a poetry editor for The Literary Review. He writes about books for many publications, including The New York Times Book Review, The Los Angeles Times, and NPR.
Discussing the idea of “finding one’s voice,” Teicher notes, “The notion of “finding your voice” has become, like “show, don’t tell,” one of the favorite bits of jargon used in creative writing instruction. I think both ideas are misunderstood. Although, every poet does need to find his or her voice, as with the notion of development, one’s voice is really found through everyday living. It means coming to terms with - as in finding the words for - who you are, how you think, what tone your mind really lives in. It can take years, and lots of humbling failed poems, to accept the truth of our vocabulary, our subject matter...Finding a voice really means accepting one’s limitations, the extent of one’s vocabulary, and one’s wit and one’s attention span. And then, once you have acknowledged all of those things, it’s your job, as an artist, to make the most of them, to push them as far as they can go, and sometimes to push beyond those boundaries.”
Teicher is Director of Special Editorial Projects at Publisher’s Weekly. He lives in New Jersey with his wife and two children.
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