Shy White Tiger
Published by Salmon Poetry
Richard W. Halperin’s follow-up to Anniversary draws inspiration from the visionary, matter-of-fact magic of some of the world’s great literary traditions: Irish, Russian, French, Jewish. Each poem is a portal into other stories: from Padraic Colum’s The King of Ireland’s Son to the Talmud to Sunset Boulevard. And looming large is the constant, powerful presence of the poet’s wife and mother.
“Richard Halperin must have lodged for a time with the sea-charts in the map-room of one of Calvino’s Invisible Cities...” – Macdara Woods
Richard W. Halperin worked for UNESCO until his retirement in 2005. Over 200 of his poems have since appeared in magazines like Poetry Review, Ambit, Planet, The Shop, Cyphers and The Stinging Fly (as a featured poet). His debut collection, Anniversary, was published by Salmon Poetry in 2010 (ISBN 9781907056338). He has read his work throughout Ireland, including at the Guinness Book of Records marathon at Dublin’s Irish Writers’ Centre. He lives in Paris.