Jeff Hardin

Jeff Hardin is the author of Fall Sanctuary, recipient of the Nicholas Roerich Prize from Story Line Press, and Notes for a Praise Book, selected by Toi Derricotte for the Jacar Press Book Award. His third collection, Restoring the Narrative, received the Donald Justice Poetry Prize and is forthcoming in 2015. His poems have appeared in The New Republic, The Hudson Review, The Southern Review, Southwest Review, The Gettysburg Review, Poetry Northwest, Hotel Amerika, Southern Poetry Review, Meridian, and elsewhere. He teaches at Columbia State Community College in Columbia, TN. His website is

Not Reaching to Hold Anything by Jeff Hardin

    One              willow at the field edge—                                     after weeks away                           I want to wander toward the shape                                     of its meandering                                                pantomime against the sky,              slow in my own motions, as though life—              the ruminative feel of it—                                     could be experienced bodily,                           felt in the soles of my feet,                                     clutched […]

Having Weighed the Only Words I Hold by Jeff Hardin

    I’m              that man on the rooftop                                     others mistake for a jumper—                             but I am here only to see                                     the skyline closer                                                and to get above              the doorposts before the angel passes by. Nobody              quite believes me, though,                                     for all my words having fallen                           past usefulness.                                     I pick […]