Green Midnight by Stuart Bartow


Stuart Bartow is a poet of boundless imagination. Though his obsessions – birds, stars, myths, ships, spiders, love – remain constant, he rings constant and surprising changes on them. He is a nature poet in the good old-fashioned romantic sense: his inquiries into the natural world open out into the widest metaphysical speculations about the nature of life and reality. These poems are beautiful, enlightening, and often funny. Bartow simply thinks things no one else ever would —Barbara Ungar

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Book Description

  • Kind: Perfectbound
  • Pages: 86
  • Language: English
  • Date Published: June, 2018
  • ISBN 978-1-948017-12-1



Heard an old poet claim that poets hear
voices, which is just another way to say
we’re all mad as the mist and rain.

What I catch is unclear chatter,
whispers, mutterings, echoes,
unlike Plath who heard shouts,
or Rilke, the violent words of angels.
Whether I’m alone or in a crowd
the voices are always there
in the background. For Prufrock,
the mermaids wouldn’t sing.
I’ll take my music disembodied,
my love’s voice, or the wind.

The waves say always the same thing—
Come drown in me.
That’s why I live in the mountains
where the songs of birds and trees
whelm the sea
of static crackling everywhere.


Stuart Bartow teaches writing and literature at SUNY Adirondack, and also chairs the Battenkill Conservancy, an environmental non-profit.

His Teaching Trout to Talk: the Zen of Small Stream Fly Fishing, received the non-fiction award from the Adirondack Center for Writing, and a previous collection of poems, Einstein’s Lawn, is also published by Dos Madres.