Some Dark Fire: New and Selected Poems (1992-2016)

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Texas Review Press, 2016 - American poetry - 175 pages
Michael Lieberman's Some Dark Fire, New and Selected Poems is a generous sampling of an exceptional poet's mature work, written over almost thirty years--since Lieberman moved to Houston in 1988. His poems offer a perspective on our world that is in turn celebratory, somber, joyous, dark, tender, and, most of all, doubt-plagued. He offers no easy answers, but his questions will enrich and reward the reader. This deeply felt book is the work of a gifted poet and research physician at the height of his powers.


Every heart conceals a few small secrets
or, if full of amplitude and plenty, large ones.

I begin with a green bough, forsythia--
supple and yellow with flower.

I end there--not because I am impoverished,
but because I have it all.

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About the author (2016)

MICHAEL LIEBERMAN is a Houston-based poet/writer and former research physician. He is the author of seven books of poems, the most recent of which is The Houstiliad, An Iliad for Houston, and three novels. Lieberman is married to the nonfiction writer Susan Abel Lieberman. They have two sons, two daughters-in-law, and five grandchildren.

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