Spencer Reece

Poems by Spencer Reece

Tonight

Morbidezza

To Those Grown Mute

  Spencer Reece

Spencer Reece “has something of Bishop’s passion for detail, her scrupulousness, and something of Lowell’s genius for fixing character in gesture…the wild, inexhaustible fertility of his comparisons is, though, without antecedent,” writes Louise Gluck in her introduction to Reece’s The Clerk’s Tale, winner of the 2003 Bread Loaf Writer’s Conference Bakeless Poetry Prize. Reece wrote for two decades without affiliation or support, relying on his job as an assistant manager at Brooks Brothers, a fact that informs the title of his first collection of fifty extraordinary poems.

Henri Cole called The Clerk’s Tale “a remarkable book,” likening the poems to Gerard Manley Hopkins’ sonnets, “not because of any similarity in style, but because of the unspoken sorrow lingering behind his descriptions of landscape and life.” Annie Dillard has praised the book as well, calling the poems “exquisitely restrained, shot through with a longing for permanence, from the quasi-monastic life of two salesmen at Brooks Brothers to the poignant lingering light of a Miami dusk to the weight of geography on an empty Minnesota farm.”

Spencer Reece was born in Hartford, Connecticut in 1963, grew up in Minneapolis, and graduated from Wesleyan University.  He went on to receive an MA from the University of York UK, where he studied the 17th c. romantic poets, and a Masters in theological studies from Harvard Divinity School at the age of 27. Recently, he has been teaching in the low residency program at Lesley University, and will enter Yale Divinity School in the fall in preparation for ordination.  Reece will continue to write poems as he follows his calling to become a hospice chaplain.

 

Poetry Center Reading:
Fall 2008

 

Spencer Reece at Smith

Reece at Smith
(Photo credit: Matthea Daughtry)

 

Spencer Reece at Smith

Reece in the Poetry Center at Smith
(Photo credit: Matthea Daughtry)

 

 

 

 

 
         
     
     
     
   
     
     
     
 
 
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