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.
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.’
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.
“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.”