Eryn Green received his Ph.D. in creative writing from the University of Denver and holds an MFA from the University of Utah. His work has appeared in Jubilat, Colorado Review, Painted Bride Quarterly, and elsewhere. He lives in Denver.
Winner of the 2013 Yale Series of Younger Poets Prize
Taking its title from the Hebrew word for a ritual enclosure that opens from private into public spaces, Eruv includes poems of love, sadness, and pathos while celebrating the power of ritual and untamed landscapes. Just as a larger home can be fashioned out of communally shared alleyways and courtyards, with passages enabling movement from one world to another, Green’s poems provide a similar doorway into a deeper understanding of ourselves.
"Eruv is a brave debut, one that gives us the depth and complexity of the human condition ... shot through in the end with a heady, restorative joy."
“In American character, there is an interval between Vision and Prophecy, during which time the deepest poems first find themselves aloud. Eryn Green literally phases that interval straight across spellbound pages. These poems show character alight. They show a continent its names.”
"Make the whole neighborhood your house, and then allow the wholeness of the universe to become your shining shelter. Eryn Green’s poetic brilliance extends our sense of home, of our being at home in the universe."
“These poems, filled with and discharging light, are open-voiced trajectories tracing the energy fields that extend around the human figure. They are the lighted path not to the exit but to the opening door, their motion the very figure of outward—alive, in love, moving through the passageway with the hope of the lyric. We don’t come to our senses, but to the open-hearted word bursting out toward the world.”
Yale University Press