Posted on Tuesday, June 4, 2013 by Lindsey Westbrook
The Opposite of Work
JackLeg Press, 2013
Paperback, 136 pages, $14
Chad Sweeney says of Hugh Behm-Steinberg's second book of poetry, The Opposite of Work: "These intimate, honest poems labor toward a personal mythology where the return to Eden is a psychic process, 'erotic as a mind working,' of engaging the fallen world and body with casual grace and equanimity where 'divinity pervades even the slightest of acts.' These poems render a taut surface in time, registering the movement of sensation as it happens in continuum Bergsonian durée, 'the holiest of thoughts as you are / thinking them' -- not as performative gesture but poetry's necessary work of inquiry-toward-restoration-in-making. Behm-Steinberg desires nothing less than a heaven in language."
Hugh Behm-Steinberg is a former Wallace Stegner Fellow in creative writing at Stanford University and the recipient of an NEA fellowship. At CCA he teaches in the MFA Program in Writing and edits the journal Eleven Eleven.