Brian Teare is Assistant Professor of English at Temple University in Philadelphia and author of three previous poetry collections, including the Lambda Award-winning Pleasure. From 2000-2002, Teare was a Wallace Stegner Fellow in creative writing at Stanford University and has gone on to receive fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, the MacDowell Colony, the Marin Headlands Center for the Arts, and the American Antiquarian Society. (Author photo by Robert Barber)
"It is a love poem to California. And it is an elegy to an unnamed woman dead on the stoop, to Teare's father, to the poet Reginald Shepherd. It is also one of the most beautiful and moving books that I've read. Full of seriousness. Full of tradition. And full of care."
"Can I say of Companion Grasses, these are vast words? Like Whitman before him, Brian Teare emulates the power of the earth in these poems, crowning these words with supernal, transcendent lusters."