Richard Luftig is a former professor of educational psychology and special education at Miami University in Ohio and now resides in California. His poems have appeared in numerous literary journals in the United States and internationally in Canada, Australia, Europe, and Asia. Two of his poems recently appeared in
Realms of the Mothers: The First Decade of Dos Madres Press. His latest book of poems, A Grammar for Snow, was published by Unsolicited Press in July, 2019.
The poems contained in The Grammar for Snow are about everyday people in small towns, cities and farms in those fly-over-states and off-the-map places who work and love and quietly live out their lives. It is about place—mostly in the U.S. Midwest–both real and imagined. Many of the poems contain elements of humor that help people deal with the sometimes-hard
issues of day-to-day life.
The poems contain vivid imagery and concreteness designed to help the reader believe that these places and people really exist. More than that, the poems are designed to make the reader care about these folks and their lives, to pull for them and hope against hope that things work out.
Richard’s poetry in Evening Street Review
Evening Street Review # 3 p. 19: The Palm Reader is Packing It In”
Evening Street Review # 18 p. 47: “How to Write a Poem”
Evening Street Review # 20 p. 126: How Autumn Prevails