Guitars of the Stars 

new & selected poems by Tom Chandler
    



Guitars of the Stars may be purchased from your local bookstore or from on-line vendors such as Amazon or Barnes & Noble.


More information about the author at www.tomchandlerpoet.com

 


Tom Chandler is poet laureate of Rhode Island emeritus. He has been named Phi Beta Kappa Poet at Brown University, and has been a featured poet at the Library of Congress and the Robert Frost homestead. His poems have often been heard on National Public Radio. 


Tom Chandler’s poems are part of a national consciousness. His work repositions readers, illuminates humanity.
          — Elizabeth Inglese, Southern California Review

Reading a Tom Chandler poem, one can’t help feeling “Oyster Envy,” a desire to bathe in the same tides of warmth, humor and humanity that the poet enjoys on his Rhode Island coast. Fortunately, with this generous collection of a lifetime’s work, the tide has finally come in for the rest of us.
          — Dan Veach, Atlanta Review

In this quintessentially American mix — commentary, elegy, protest and song — Tom Chandler’s poetry careens across the decades, asking (in the words of the salesman in “Selling Door to Door”): “Who bears the riddle of our lives?

          — Jody Bolz, Poet Lore



  From the book —

Oyster Envy

There’s something to be said for being
just stomach and anus with no mind,

locked away in a little sealed world
complete with a sky of its own design,

as if we too could trap sand on our tongues
and refuse to talk or eat for years,

close ourselves off between tight
hemispheres, dream vague scenes

of the bottom of the sea or of sliding down
somebody’s giant black throat

not caring if we’re asleep or awake,
ignoring the rich ache of sandgrit building

slowly into this perfect pearl, this beauty
that’s been welling up inside us all along.