Eric Paul Shaffer

If you try to write poetry yourself, there’s only two reasons to read literary magazines; to be reassured, or to be disturbed. And, of course, the chance you’ll find someone new, whose work you didn’t know.

That was the case with me with Eric Paul Shaffer, who has two lovely poems in the Island 106.

Shaffer lives in Hawaii and I particularly liked the ending to his poem Arrival:

. . . The places urges words into the air like stars
rising over the volcano, the place speaks with your voice
and the place makes you say, ‘Here, this is the place.’

Shaffer’s mot recent book is Lahaina Noon, published by Leaping Dog Press. There’s a bit more of a biography there which says:

Eric Paul Shaffer lives in Kula, on Maui, with Veronica and Harlequin on the sunset slope of Haleakala. He is author of four books and a chapbook of poetry, two chapbooks of fiction, and non-fiction articles and reviews. His work appears in Ploughshares, North American Review, ACM, American Scholar, Threepenny Review, Rattle, Beloit Poetry Journal, Bakunin, Malahat Review, Poetry Ireland Review, and the anthology 100 Poets Against the War. Shaffer received the 2000 Potent Prose Ax Prize for Poetry, the 2002 Elliot Cades Award for Literature (presented annually to an established writer in Hawai’i), a fellowship to the Summer 2006 Fishtrap Writers Retreat and Workshop, and the 2006 Rupert Hughes Writing Award (3rd place).


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