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CavanKer­ry Press 2006
ISBN: 0972304584
Cov­er Price: $16
On Sale at CKP for $12.80

from Yusef Komunyaaka’s Foreword:

If beau­ty resides in truth, then there are moments of severe beau­ty and tan­ta­liz­ing ener­gy in Richard Jef­frey Newman’s The Silence of Men.…His poet­ry dares us, as men, as human beings, to share what we have expe­ri­enced and imagined—the good and the bad.…[T]he speak­er in this col­lec­tion sug­gests that we are respon­si­ble for what we know, for what we’ve wit­nessed and dreamt, and for what we don’t say to our­selves and each other.…The Silence of Men is dar­ing: there’s a moral ges­ture at the heart of this col­lec­tion, but the poet­ry isn’t moral­is­tic or didac­tic.”

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From Korea to Man­hat­tan, and from the haunt­ed voic­es still ris­ing from the con­cen­tra­tion camps, Richard Jef­frey Newman’s The Silence of Men expos­es the vio­lence of men toward men, and men toward women, and the ten­der­ness also, the resound­ing ten­der­ness. His is an unremit­ting empa­thy, as uncom­mon as it is nec­es­sary.

Robin Behn

The voice the read­er hears in The Silence of Men is a strong one, singing, despite the hurts and wrongs of the past, an opti­mistic song in which ‘the earth [is] trans­formed to a tent where we all break bread.’

Amy UnsworthThe Pedestal

Newman’s…The Silence of Men…presents poems that force us to rethink the place of poet­ry in mas­culin­i­ty stud­ies. His poems…show us what hap­pens when a feel­ing man grap­ples with the prob­lems of being a man today.

Fred Gar­dapheMen and Mas­culin­i­ties

I am drawn into what this man and many men have gone through to sur­vive in this cul­ture… The Silence of Men opens doors [of under­stand­ing] both for women of men and for men of them­selves.”

Eve Rifkah