Welcome to the website of Rodger Martin—poet, teacher, editor, journalist, director of Monadnock Pastoral Poets.
Rodger Martin is the author of three books of poetry. His latest, The Battlefield Guide and The Blue Moon Series, both published by Hobblebush Books. “Landscape mingled with myth” is how Nanjing University’s Zhang Ziqing, translator of Selected Poems of T.S. Eliot and A History of Twentieth Century American Poetry, perceives Martin’s poetry; or, as poet and Harvard Review critic Bill Doreski notes in Heartbeat of New England, his poetry takes an approach that defies classification and grouping, as in “Along the Monadnock Watch” for example, “Martin finds in the death of a moose on a highway a tragedy of classical proportions.”
About The Battlefield Guide
Much of the character of Rodger Martin’s poetry is contained in the opening lines of “Harper’s Ferry” [The Battlefield Guide]. For him there is no Civil War of separate battles. The Vietnam war is equally the Trojan war, the Civil War, WWII, Korea, Iraq, Afghanistan…, because his vision takes in the basic humanity of such experience.—B. Eugene McCarthy, author of Sound Ideas
Follow Rodger’s irregular posts on the Monadnock Pastoral Irregular Blog (MPIB) by clicking on the pages menu at the bottom of the page. He calls it irregular because, as he says, “I often have little to add to add to the public discourse.”
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Rodger blames the typewriter for turning him into a poet in an interview with Sean Hurley of New Hampshire Public Radio at Robert Frost Place in Franconia, NH (April, 2014).
Rodger discusses his books The Blue Moon Series and The Battlefield Guide in an interview with Hobblebush Books (September, 2013).
A story published by The Equinox, Keene State College’s award-winning student newspaper, about Martin’s work in China.