This debut collection of poems, composed with no thought to commercial publication and discovered by Green Writers Press by happenstance, addresses events in the poet’s life that every reader can relate to — friendships, the beginning, middle, and end of romantic relationships, and the death of a loved one. And they do so with “stiletto-sharp” metaphors — “rosebuds stillborn in the falling snow” — and wry observations — “Trying Again: Like an old shoe comfortable for a while but still causing blisters” — that evoke from the reader a knowing nod and sometimes an outright laugh. Short, disarming, crafted with carefully calibrated rhythms and innovative rhymes, these poems “skulk in the grass” and, while your guard is down, “barge right in” to your consciousness, uninvited guests.
A special, limited edition version of Uninvited Guests is also available for purchase.
Green Writers Press is thrilled to offer Uninvited Guests by Donald Glazer as a Limited Edition. The edition was curated by Stephen Stinehour and printed at Puritan Press in Hollis, New Hampshire. The trim size is 7 x 9.25, with a stunning green cloth and gold foil stamping along with Ecological Fibers “Oatmeal” endpapers. The Ltd. Edition was printed on Strathmore paper with a deckle edge and includes a silk ribbon bookmark along with head and tail bands, gold stamping on the spine and front cover. Printed on 30% post-consumer fiber with stock sheets that are Forest Stewardship Council® (FSC®) certified that come from managed forests that guarantee responsible environmental, social, and economic practices. The print run was custom-bound by Superior Bindery in Braintree, Massachusetts.
Publisher and lead designer, Dede Cummings, used her design skills honed after working in Boston for legendary book designer David R. Godine, and she typeset the book in Adobe Caslon. The custom illustrations that appear opposite certain poems were created by Ellis Paul and AeRhee Lee.
All books ordered include domestic shipping and can be signed by the poet.
Advance Praise for Uninvited Guests
“Don Glazer’s intensely personal poems are about relationships between people, their beginnings and endings. They capture fragments of intimate scenes and evoke the simultaneous range of feelings familiar to anyone who has lived a life—from craving, longing, and fervor to bemusement, anger, resentment, and frustration, to a final wise sorrow and acceptance. Reading them is like a peek into a diary we all wish we’d kept.”
—Christian McLaughlin, producer of the
Academy Award-nominated A Better Life
“Don Glazer has written a collection of poems that gently guide our insights through the depiction of wonderfully painted details. The corners of a stamp. A stiletto. The ring of wind chimes. These beautifully crafted words show us that sometimes the truth lies within the reach of our fingertips.”
—Ellis Paul, singer/songwriter, a fifteen-time winner, Boston Music Awards
“Donald Glazer’s debut poetry collection is an ode to the textures and tastes of language itself celebrating the intimate pulls of diction, language, and conversation. The simple elegance of Glazer’s words and minimal language forces the images to hold strong in the reader’s mind, their smartly sharp sounds left balanced on the tip of the tongue. While the poems throughout this collection are short and direct, they hold the weight of precision and nostalgia of common human experience of loss, love and growing old. These poems are meant to be read out loud, the words caught and held in bittersweet remembrance.”
—Haley Hutchison, 2023 Bread Loaf Fellow
About the Poet
Donald Glazer (Donny to his oldest friends) is a father and grandfather, Boston marathoner, avid tennis player, and, with the publication of Uninvited Guests, published poet. Don has been a lawyer for over fifty years. He is the founder of a charitable fund that supports small non-profits in developing countries.
Uninvited Guests, Trade Edition (see below for ordering via Bookshop.org)
Uninvited Guests, LTD Edition (see above for ordering)
Paperback Original, 2-colors, with French Flaps
Trim Size: 6 x 9
Page Count: 96
Price: $16.95 (CA $22.95)
Publication Date: OCTOBER 2023
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