Stan Sanvel Rubin’s poetry has appeared in many national journals. The author of four full-length collections, including There. Here. (2013), he also writes essay-reviews for Water~Stone Review (Hamline University). His interviews with writers have been widely published. After serving as Director of the Brockport Writers Forum & Videotape Library (SUNY) for many years, he moved to the Olympic Peninsula in 2003 as founding director of the Rainier Writing Workshop low-residency MFA at Pacific Lutheran University. Originally from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Stan is a resident of the Olympic Peninsula of Washington state.


There. Here.


There. Here. concerns our ideals versus our realities and the conflicted space between. The book’s driving purpose is to rediscover the personal in the face of impersonal forces, including war. These are lyric poems with a twist. The “I” and “you” are not closed positions; they represent “attitudes” rather than fixed points of view. Poems and sequences amplify each other, with the goal of rehumanizing the rhetoric by which we understand our lives. This is a post-postmodern collection.


What people are saying about There. Here.

This fine book is made especially memorable not only by the sweep of Stan Rubin’s voice, but by his carefully structured argument that we are the stuff of dichotomy and paradox. His primary subjects are silence and sound, although silence has rarely spoken more clearly than in poems whose whittled-down sounds find war in the hulls of pine nuts and human nature in the folds of an accordion. there can be despair in a sunrise, Rubin tell us. And ecstasy in a barrel of seeds, “the way they slide / in your fingers, it’s impossible / not to hear them rubbing together . . .” Such is the achievement of There.Here.—poem after poem in a generative consort impossible not to hear.” — Linda Bierds