Don't let Myles Gordon fool you. You may think he's just grocery shopping or paying bills. But he's not. He's also thinking.
He could be thinking about war or injustice. He might be thinking about freedom or beauty. And then, he'll write. He's experienced all of those subjects, some firsthand, some through his parents. The way he processes it all is by transforming it into verse, rhymes, and sonnets. Myles has been many things — a grocery bagger, an Emmy Award-winning TV producer, a school teacher — but first, he is a poet.
He grew up in Newton, the son of a mother who lost many of her relatives in the Holocaust, of a father who helped liberate the concentration camps as an infantry soldier. When David Gordon returned, he became a sports reporter and a business editor for the Boston Herald. His son followed in his journalistic footsteps, becoming a producer for Chronicle on WCVB-TV for 17 years. But long before, Myles was scribbling poems during classes in high school and on crinkled brown paper as a supermarket bagger. Thinking about life, from the banal to the brutal to the beautiful, has always consumed Myles.
Now, after winning Patricia Bibby First Book Award, the Helen Kay Chapbook Prize and the Grolier Poetry Prize, Myles has published his first full-length book of poetry. Inside the Splintered Wood is not an easy read, but it explores the challenges in Myles' life and unearths some bigger truths for all of us. In pain or pleasure, as Myles would say, there is poetry.