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.

“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

Hidden Sequel


~Winner of Barrow Street Poetry Award, selected by Donald Revell
~Small Press Distribution Best Seller List, June, 2007, see NYT Book Review,
Aug. 27, 2007

” …truly wonderful in its natural piety, its warm poetic company, its very American cadences and soul. This poet has much more than cleverness and talent; this poet has expressive, whole humanity.” —Donald Revell, Judge

“It’s Rubin with a vision, a vision as from a bard like Yeats. These poems see something . . . important and human.” — Redactions 10

Five Colors


“Five Colors reminds us that the brain is a kind of muscle. Stan Sanvel Rubin, with skill and smarts, lifts the tangible into the realm of the lyrical imagination without losing it. Here is a map of history and a topography of ideas. Here is a book of breath and bone. Personal and personable, here is poetry that speaks to readers who know that language and time are consequential. — Marvin Bell

“Stan Sanvel Rubin has taken life as he knows it by the proverbial lapels, and he’s not letting go till he wrings some truth out of it. The poems here are devastating, intelligent, and direct. But what’s most remarkable is their range: little escapes Rubin, and he is not afraid to go in search of the sort of beauty that does not necessarily reach the surface. What he seeks is not unlike a wound that has faded or has not yet formed. In the ‘space around small sounds,’ he makes the most articulate noises.” —Dionisio D. Martinez



“Stan Rubin’s poetry has a startling quietude about it, a sense of despair reigned in and appreciated down to it smost finite qualities; the pain here is like a gem stilled in water, waiting to erupt with light; a I mean a coiled, awaiting tension between line and sense, snakelike in controlled power.” —Philip Schultz

The Post-Confessionals: Conversations with Contemporary American Poets


Collection of Stan’s interviews with nineteen American poets, defining the “post-confessional” generation.