Alice B. Fogel
Be That Empty

ISBN 9780978600921
Poetry | 5"x8", 80 pages, perfectbound| $14 includes shipping

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"Twines the themes of complicated subjects . . . mesmerizing."
—Robert Hass, U.S. Poet Laureate

"To read Alice Fogel’s poems is to enter, or rather to be drawn, always toward an inner space. Every image, every word unlocks a secret door into a farther room. That, of course, takes art, and that is precisely what Fogel has plenty of. . . . Her poems shine with intelligence. Brooding and meditative, Fogel is a poet alert to every nuance of the inner life, a true phenomenologist of the soul in the New England tradition of Emily Dickinson and Jane Kenyon."
—Charles Simic, U.S. Poet Laureate, winner of the Pulitzer Prize

"The marvelous specificities of her poems demonstrate a fierce and admirable passion . . . a steadfast gaze at the natural world as intense and perfectly rendered as that of Rilke."
Publishers Weekly

"I like the surprises in the language [Fogel uses] to keep turning in the mind."
Beloit Poetry Journal

"'Ravishing perception' seems to pervade Fogel’s work, and to do so both elegantly and powerfully. . . . One can see the dance of intellect from word to word . . . [to] dramatize the complexities of consciousness."
Chelsea Magazine

"She may not be poet laureate or even Mary Oliver, but Alice Fogel scores big, jumping to number 8 with her latest, Be That Empty."
—Contemporary Bestsellers, Poetry Foundation website

About the Author

Alice B. Fogel’s most recent book of poetry, Be That Empty, was a national poetry bestseller in 2008. A recipient of an Individual Artist Fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts, her work has appeared in the Best American Poetry series, former Poet Laureate Robert Hass’s Poet’s Choice, Ploughshares, TriQuarterly, Pleiades, and many other anthologies and journals. Currently on the adjunct staff at Colby-Sawyer College, she also works as a writing mentor and workshop leader, professional development instructor, reading group facilitator, and artist-in-the-schools; and, through her company, Lyric Couture, is a designer of one-of-a-kind clothing made of reprised materials. Her 2009 book, Strange Terrain: A Poetry Handbook for the Reluctant Reader, is a nonacademic guide for those who don’t “get” poetry. She lives in Acworth, NH. Visit her website at

Readings & Events

12 September 2009
Sunapee Writers Retreat--Reading

23 September 2009
Poetry Out Loud intro to poetry, Concord, NH--for teachers who want to participate in this year's POL program.

6 October 2009
Hanover, NH. Left Bank Books. Reading with Jim Schley.

16-17 October 2009
Hanover area, Upper Valley Writers Festival with readings, panel discussions, workshops, Green Mt. train rides, more. Contact NH Writers Project for more info.

30 October 2009
Starving Artist, West St. off Central Square, Keene, NH--poetry reading, 8 PM

15 December 2009
Wilton, NH --Reading at the candy shoppe series

Reading at New England College MFA program, Henniker, NH, January.
Strange Terrain/Entering the Realm of Poetry Program, in Walpole, NH, January.
Reading with Kate Gleason and Peter Money in Walpole, NH, Feb. 10.
NH Young Writers Conference, Henniker, March 13