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The Power of Poetry: Richard Newman

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THE SILENCE OF MEN (CavanKerry Press; May 2006; $16.00, paperback) is the debut volume of poems by Richard Jeffrey Newman, whose work has appeared in such prestigious publications as Prairie Schooner and ACM (Another Chicago Magazine), and has been featured on the Poetry Daily website. Thematically uncompromising and deceptively straightforward in its use of the vernacular,Newman’s candid poetry lays bare the darker impulses of human experience, yet explores the transcendence possible once we come to terms with our own shadowy legacies of sex, violence, family dysfunction, and religious beliefs.