not human enough for the census

  Vegetarian Alcoholic Press

  poems by Erik Fuhrer

  all images by Kimberly Androlowicz

"In Erik Fuhrer's not human enough for the census, there are creatures of dark habits, organ breathers, tree butchers, and 1 in 100 scientists agree the state of god is liquid. In these poems, aftermath requires a new language. Dust and ash compound with mother and father, mud compounds with blossom. These spare lyrics contain numerous transformations, and  'just because the body is gone/does not mean the absence of body is gone.' Absences loom everywhere--the mouth, the breath, the treacherous god in the tempest."


—Traci Brimhall, author of Saudade

sample interior art

Feature image for Fuhrer's apocalyptic ecopoetry collection. Brown and red undergrowth and yellow sky.
Image from Fuhrer's apocalyptic ecopoetry collection. Brown and red undergrowth against black background.
the cover for Fuhrer's not human enough for the census, including white lettering on a purple, black, and green background that resembles webs and branches.


  Yavanika Press

  poems and interior collages by Erik Fuhrer

  cover image by Kimberly Androlowicz

  forward by Dr. Laci Mattison

"Erasurist, Erik Fuhrer, in his Voyage Out Sonnets, is part vivisectionist, part misprisionist. In surgically erasing Virginia Woolf’s A Voyage Out, Fuhrer augments the canon of great erasurists dating back to the Dadaists. A palimpsest of memento mori collages in noir serve as VOS’ metadata for this book. Fuhrer’s VOS is erasure’s crescendo."

—Daniel Y. Harris, Editor-in-Chief of X-Peri

sample interior art

selected poems

Cover image for Fuhrer's not human enough for the census, including black lettering and an image with red and yellow wedges on a blue background.

 At Root

  Alien Buddha Press

  poems and interior art by Erik Fuhrer

  cover image by Erik Fuhrer

At Root is a minimalist erasure of Samuel Beckett’s Waiting for Godot. The geometric renderings by the author function as translations from the textual into the language of shape and color. Each individual three-lined poem is loosely crafted as a haiku, which resonates with Beckett’s Godot in its fragmentariness and partiality. Every textual and visual element of At Root is in conversation with Beckett’s work about absurdity, form, and relationality.

selected poems

sample interior art

Cover image for Fuhrer's At Root, including yellow lettering in a blue square amongst other geometric shapes.

 every time you die

  Alien Buddha Press

  poems by Erik Fuhrer

  all images by Marcel Herms

"This new collection by Erik Fuhrer is as the title suggests - it deals with death. Ironically, what makes this collection truly unique is that each relatively short poem is fully alive, vibrant and possesses a cathartic power that is both personal and universal. Here is a poet who is a master of metaphor and creates lucid narratives that are layered with complexities that capture an inspired fusion of loss and enlightenment."

—Kevin Pilkington, Author of Where You Want to Be: New and Selected Poems

selected poems

Nominated for a Pushcart Prize

every time you die cover image, including yellow lettering on a blue and red background that resembles a watery landscape.

 in which I take myself hostage

  Spuyten Duyvil Press

  poems by Erik Fuhrer

  all images by Kimberly Androlowicz

selected poems

 forthcoming late 2020


Essays and Blog Posts

Sometimes world endings are blinks rather than the decades long glances of climate change. I imagine a lot of us are continuously blinking these days, trying to bring into focus a world that has slipped away from us.

"Writing poetry can help us connect and to think through out emotions, but it can often be difficult to know how to start, especially during a time when many other life pressures are demanding our attention. The following prompt offers a low-stakes way to begin writing a poem."



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