Lori Desrosiers

Lori Desrosiers’ poetry books are The Philosopher’s Daughter (Salmon Poetry, Ireland, 2013), Sometimes I Hear the Clock Speak (Salmon, 2016) and Keeping Planes in the Air (coming from Salmon, 2019). Two chapbooks, Inner Sky  and typing with e.e. cummings, are from Glass Lyre Press. Her poems have appeared in New Millenium Review, Split this Rock, Contemporary American VoicesBest Indie Lit New England, String Poet, Blue Fifth Review, Pirene’s Fountain, New Verse News, Mom Egg ReviewThe Bloomsbury Anthology of Contemporary Jewish-American Poetry and many other journals and anthologies. She holds an MFA in Poetry from New England College. Her work has been nominated for the Pushcart Prize. She edits Naugatuck River Review, a journal of narrative poetry and Wordpeace.co, an online journal dedicated to social justice. She teaches Literature and Composition at Westfield State University and Holyoke Community College, and Poetry in the Lesley University M.F.A. graduate program.

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Newest Publications

typing with cummings chap cover

typing with e.e. cummings, Lori Desrosiers’ new chapbook (2019) from Glass Lyre Press is available from Glass Lyre Press and on Amazon. https://glass-lyre-press.myshopify.com/collections/chapbooks/products/typing-with-e-e-cummings

About this Book

Lori Desrosiers’ affectionate homage to e.e. cummings is a little like Mozart’s Hayden Quartets: she engages with a line or image of the original and creates her own piece. There are differences between the poets’ sensibilities, of course, but the point at which they meet is a sweet hybrid of Desrosiers’ sadness and Cumming’s playful eros. Desrosiers teaches much about writing in these poems, especially that we are all adrift in a long river of language, and are talking to each other.

 Doug Anderson, author of Keep Your Head Down: Vietnam: the Sixties and a Journey of Self-Discovery, and Horse Medicine                    

Like e.e. cummings, Desrosiers writes about love and death. There is such sadness in her poetry, but beauty in her memories. She is carrying on in this life without her mother, father, and many others she has lost, yet she reflects on her love for her husband and stays in the now. Reading Desrosiers’ poetry is like reading small odes. We all are eavesdropping on words that are delicate and private such as: You can put your sorrows down now Mother / It is your daughter’s turn to take / the concerns you carried for us. / I put your worries into this stone. / I carry it for you. Reading this book of poetry should be a pact we have with life. So beautifully written.

— Gloria Mindock, editor of Červená Barva Press,  author of Whiteness of Bone




Sometimes I Hear the Clock Speak, Lori Desrosiers’ second full-length book is available from Salmon Poetry and on Amazon. Here’s the link to the publisher’s website:

About this Book

“Lori Desrosiers’ Sometimes I Hear the Clock Speak enfolds in an origami of memory the poet’s life and the lives of her family and others.  As with any fine poetry, the poems mostly transcend clock-time, soaring to a Blakean cleansing of the “doors of perception.”  In vignettes alchemized from everyday experiences, the poet gives us an “eternity in an hour” of music-laced memoir.  Here is an immersion in the dance of a woman who shakes off the shackles of domestic oppression; here is a gentle dreamer who embraces the liberation of being a daring writer.”


– Susan Deer Cloud, Author of Hunger Moon


“Opening this new book by Lori Desrosiers you will find of memory and search, of second-thoughts and playful indecisions, poems that go back in time to retrieve music and mend heart.
    Indeed, the reader will find all kinds of music here:  there is a violin that lacks music and there is a brother’s voice that speaks like father’s – but not when he sings.  There is a reveille at 7.15am, and there is a young baby whose voice is known by her singing. And it is music that brings half-deaf father back from the dead. Page after page the reader will come to learn that it is memory – that beautiful, final chord, which reveals us to ourselves, and yet is unwritten by us.”


– Ilya Kaminsky, Author of Dancing in Odessa
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Lori Desrosiers’ Upcoming Readings

typing with e.e. cummings   by Lori Desrosiers

typing with cummings chap cover

typing with e.e. cummings, Lori Desrosiers’ new chapbook (2019) from Glass Lyre Press is available from Glass Lyre Press and on Amazon. https://glass-lyre-press.myshopify.com/collections/chapbooks/products/typing-with-e-e-cummings

Sometimes I Hear the Clock Speak  by Lori Desrosiers


Lori Desrosiers’ second full-length book is now available from Salmon Poetry and on Amazon. Here’s the link to the publisher’s website:


The Philosopher’s Daughter by Lori Desrosiers 


Lori Desrosiers’ first full-length book of poetry is available to order from Salmon Poetry:

(also available through Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and everywhere)

Chapbook: Inner Sky from Glass Lyre Press and Amazon March 27, 2015
Inner Sky Cover Prototype 2 (1),

Upcoming Readings:

Book Tours Coming!!
New chapbook of poems by Lori Desrosiers
typing with e.e. cummings Glass Lyre Press August 2019.

New full length book of poems by Lori Desrosiers,
Keeping Planes in the Air
Coming from Salmon Poetry March 2020.

Sunday, Oct. 6, 2019, 3pm
Charter Oak Reading Series presents:
Lori Desrosiers & Open mic.
Charter Oak Cultural Center
21 Charter Oak Ave., Hartford, CT

Booking now! lorif1000@aol.com or thepoetrynews@gmail.com


*Note to festivals, workshops and poetry venues:
To book Lori to read or conduct workshops throughout the year,
please contact her at thepoetrynews@gmail.com.

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Interviews and Reviews

Here are some links to interviews and reviews for Sometimes I Hear the Clock Speak, followed by others for The Philosopher’s Daughter and Inner Sky:

A thoughtful and well-written review by Christine Salvatore in Mom Egg Review, of Sometimes I Hear the Clock Speak. 5/28/17

Television interview from Poet to Poet with Doug Holder of Lori Desrosiers: “Sometimes I Hear the Clock Speak”. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6uD7jLa3hhA

Review of Sometimes I Hear the Clock Speak, in Boston Area Small Press and Poetry Scene, by Dennis Daley

Charlie Rossiter interviews me about Sometimes I Hear the Clock Speak, from Salmon Poetry. It includes a terrific segment with Sarah Browning of Split This Rock.

Nancy Chen Long interviews me about my chapbook, Inner Sky, from Glass Lyre Press: http://nancychenlong.blogspot.com/2015/04/chapbook-chat-lori-desrosiers-discusses.html?m=1

Interview with me based on “That Pomegranate Shine” from The Philosopher’s Daughter, by Trevor Conway at Poems in Profile. http://poemsinprofile.weebly.com/the-poems/24-that-pomegranate-shine-by-lori-desrosiers

Review of The Philosopher’s Daughter, by Cort Bledsoe in Coal Hill Review 10/22/13
Donna Fleischer interviews me about The Philosopher’s Daughter:http://networkedblogs.com/OE9dD

Jessamyn Smyth interviews me about my inspiration and my poems:

Review of The Philosopher’s Daughter, by Robin Stratton Boston Literary Magazine, 8/11/13

Review of The Philosopher’s Daughter, by Barbara Bialick, from Doug Holder’s Boston Area Poetry Scene: http://dougholder.blogspot.com/2013/04/review-of-philosophers-daughter-by-lori.html

Interview where I got to discuss the publishing climate, narrative poetry, sex and society from VIDA. http://www.vidaweb.org/editors-corner-5-lori-desrosiers-for-naugatuck-river-review

Interview on The Philosopher’s Daughter, by Donna Marie Merritt

This is a meditation on my chapbook, Three Vanities, by Donna Fleischer. It’s not specifically about my recent book, but is important to The Philosopher’s Daughter because the chap shows much of the evolution of thought and image that led to writing the book:

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Where to Find my Work

Here are some links to find my poetry online or in print:

“At the Scattering Garden” in SWWIM Every Day, August 24, 2018.

“Stuck at the Atlanta Airport, or what we did for our 17th anniversary” (non-fiction) in Nixes Mate Review, July 2018.

“Poem with a Line from e.e. cummings” in Cutthroat a journal of the arts, issue 23 Finalist in the Joy Harjo Poetry contest 2018.

“I See my Grandmother Bella’s Face” in The Worcester Review,  Vol. 38, November 2017.

“Blur” coming in Pirene’s Fountain 10th anniversary issue.

“Song for the Earth” in Carrying the Branch, Poets in Search of Peace.

“about the body” in Skin Deep, from Pirene’s Fountain.

“Google Search for my Parents’ First House,” “Ceremony,” “Beth with Hummingbirds,” “Words are not Enough” and “Before the Split” in Peacock Journal, July 23, 2017

“How Small” and “Mother on the Beach” in Writing in a Woman’s Voice, July 2017

“For Now” in New Verse News, April 4, 2017

“The King of Television” on Nicholas Kristoff’s Blog in The New York Times

“Elephant of Mortality” on Split This Rock’s blog.

“Found” in The Valley Advocate article, Selected Poems from the Mass Poetry Festival

“For Gary” in First Literary Review-East.

“I Dream of the Bus to Hell” and “Since I’m Awake Listening to You Snore in the Other Room” at Alexandria Review.

“I Find Myself Craving Wings” and “Mother Said” at New Mirage Journal.

“Grandmother’s Hands” in the Bloomsbury Anthology of Contemporary Jewish-American Poetry

“Pressure Cooker” and “In Shadows of Cathedrals” in Pirene’s Fountain

“The Balance Stone”, The Bar Where the Physicists Drink”, “Guitars” and “Sometimes I Hear the Clock Speak” in Contemporary American Voices.

“She Wore Me Out” in Pirene’s Fountain

“Anniversary” in the inaugural issue of String Poet

“Les Cigales” in Pirene’s Fountain.

“At the Tea Tasting” in Pirene’s Fountain.

“That Pomegranate Shine,” “First Marriage” and “Sometimes I Hear the Clock Speak” on International Journal of Psychoanalysis’ Blog

“Sandbar Piano” at the New Verse News.

“Clyde” and “Neon S_ns” in U.M.Ph.! Prose

“The Day after the End of the World” in New Verse News

“Real Wrestling” and “Wrestling the Poem” in Clattery Wrestling Anthology

“Thinking Rock” in The Smoking Poet

“Reverie Obscura” and “Some Answers” in Chickenpinata: http://www.chickenpinata.com/I3P12.html

“Conducting in Thin Air” in New Verse News http://newversenews.blogspot.com/2009/06/conducting-in-thin-air.html.

“Water Lust” a series of 5 poems is part of Gold Wake Press’ mini-chapbook series at http://www.goldwakepress.org/.

“Parts in a Box” in New Verse News:


“Twinkle” in New Verse News:


“Jalopy” and “The Gearhead’s Wife’s Lament” in Appleseeds, an Anthology of Americana

Appleseeds Anthology on Google Books

“Hudson” in Big City Lit:


“From the Porch” in November 3rd Club:


“Mother’s Tongue” (5 poems) Gold Wake Press mini-chapbook series:


“New Jersey Nights” in Love Poems and Other Messages for Bruce Springsteen, an anthology by Pudding House Press.

“Waltz” in Chopin with Cherries, an anthology from Moonrise Press – Feb. 2010



Contact Lori Desrosiers at thepoetrynews@gmail.com for readings and workshops.

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