As a poet and a teacher, Robert Garson has devoted much of his life to educational and literary pursuits. Retired now from teaching and working as program coordinator with Kent Center, Garson is the author of a collection of poems, released by Outskirts Press, called Crossing the Narrows. But it’s no ordinary collection of midnight musings; many of the poems were previously published in literary journals and other publications, and they all share a professional yet personal quality that should be quite appealing, both to poetry lovers and halfhearted fans alike.
His work has been called honest and insightful, filled with moments of passion and awkwardness, of love lost and found, and quiet self-realization. His poems are rich and layered, but accessible– and Garson is uniquely able to connect to his audience, perhaps as a result of his long career in public service. Not only did he teach English and creative writing at Queen Anne’s County High School for over four decades, but he has worked closely with migrant families and now works with developmentally disabled adults at Kent Center. Perhaps it is this sensitivity to the human condition that enables him to reach his readers so easily–and so effectively.
Although this is Garson’s first collection of poetry to be published, he is no stranger to successful submission. His poetry and articles have appeared in Cold Mountain Review, The Christian Science Monitor, The Spoon River Poetry Review, The Trestle Creek Review, Riverrun, Pivot, and other publications.
Crossing the Narrows is available at The Compleat Bookseller in Chestertown, and online at Amazon.com and Barnes and Noble.com.