every time you die
every time you die (Alien Buddha Press, 10/31/19) is a full-length exploration of death and loss
that features poetic erasure as both a theme and concrete practice. An exercise in experimental form, the irregular spacing of the poems mimics the physical spaces death lays bare.
In 2018, the first section of the book was a finalist for Survision's James Tate chapbook contest.
I still store honey for you, a poem from the collection, was nominated for the Pushcart Prize in 2018.
Praise for every time you die
"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
“There is nary a poet, past or present, who has not waxed lyrical or philosophical on the weighty topic of death, but few have redefined the concept in the darkly beautiful way that Erik Fuhrer has. This poet, to paraphrase Carl Sandburg, lets death ‘come on little cat feet,’ albeit with an omnipotent bellow and bray. His nimble use of erasure in brief and mystical open-spaced breaths is apt and brilliant to convey a sublime withering away, the blank spaces between life and death, heaven and hell, that (let’s face it) we all contemplate. The exquisite and transcendent poems in every time you die are surprisingly life-affirming, and although intensely intimate, they bestow an all-embracing and most tender elegy upon everyone who has ever walked this earth.”
—Cindy Hochman, Editor-in-chief, First Literary Review-East
“Erik Fuhrer’s every time you die is a stunning collection of short poems, each packing a punch when you least expect it. Fuhrer leads us readers up ‘a stairway for grief,’ all the while reminding us of death’s finality and the lair of the underworld in the haunting refrain: ‘you are never going back up.’ The dark nature of the love poems in this fine collection are both poignant and stark in their use of imagery. Of special interest to me were the erasures, where the poet, with sheer mastery of the form, creates an effect and impact that is long-lasting, reducing the death of a loved one to nothing more than ‘a clean typewriter font.’”
—Shloka Shankar, Founding Editor, Sonic Boom & Yavanika Press