Rick Mullin’s Transom is a poet’s Odyssey through the year 2016 set primarily in the financial district of Manhattan. The poems are written in a 15-line sonnet variant of Mullin’s device, a form called the Third Sancerre. With views of the city from the docks at Hoboken’s Lackawanna Terminal, from the top deck of the Ferry Stevens, and from the city’s oldest streets–there are a few excursions to such places as Lake Charles, LA; Ithaca, NY; Cape May, NJ; and Cologne,Germany–Transom logs the portents, “public and personal,” of a transitional year.
In Stignatz & the User of Vicenza, Rick Mullin displays his effortless formal mastery in poems that range from amorous meditation to tender cynicism and an illuminating openness before pop culture and high art. —Ned Balbo
Darwin journeys on the Beagle, and Rick Mullin’s poetry, beautifully voicing its subject’s inner being, takes us along with him. The sonnet is a wonderful form, just right for this world-in-formation in the mind of a young naturalist. —Roald Hoffmann
“ . . . we are comforted by Mullin’s poems, which share with the famous living-fossil fish of the book’s title the power to inspire wonder in things long since thought to have disappeared from the earth.” —Ernest Hilbert
“More than a meditation on art and ambition, Soutine celebrates both painting and poetry, while lamenting the limits on our lives. Mullin uses words with such color and plasticity, such concern for the joys and failures of the flesh, that his poem feels like a world remade– . . .” —David Mason
Rick Mullin author of Soutine, Coelacanth, Sonnets from the Voyage of the Beagle, and Stignatz and the User of Vicenza, has his latest book of poems, Transom reviewed by Benjamin Schmitt in the online journal At …
Transom, a new book of poetry by Rick Mullin (Soutine, Coelacanth, Sonnets from the Voyage, of the Beagle, and Stignatz and the User of Vicenza) is reviewed by Dennis Daly (Night Walking with Nathaniel – …