reviews of my work
not human enough for the census (Vegetarian Alcoholic Press, 2019)
Text by Erik Fuhrer, cover and interior images by Kimberly Androlowicz
"Fuhrer is a singular talent. These poems form their own island in poetry’s crowded ocean. The space, the absences, the mysteries speaking just as loud as the indentations such writing inevitably leaves. In not human enough for the census, Fuhrer has mastered the physical space of poetry alongside the glorious absences that proper landscaping can create."
"The spacing of the poems coupled with the permissively decaying imagery makes for an unfamiliarity that describes things that are not the things described and breeds recognition on a land owned by embodiment. This is giddily annihilative stuff."
"This is an exposé on the dark side of humanity; an exploration of how people ‘other’ the things they don’t understand or accept – including their inner selves."
"In a time when the absurd and the outrageous is the norm, this book is remarkably on point. I really needed this book this week because it acknowledges that the state of the world is not what it should be. The progression of each piece is really interesting; one thing comes out of another, in ways that are unexpected and exquisite. Fuhrer’s technique is brilliant and I loved this book. not human enough for the census is available now through Vegetarian Alcoholic Press."
every time you die (Alien Buddha Press, 2019)
Text and digital art by Erik Fuhrer, cover image by Erik Fuhrer
A difficult and powerful read about death and the emotions we succumb to in its wake. Fuhrer is a visionary with words and captures you from the moment you begin reading. He leaves you feeling saddened but hopeful that somewhere, somehow the deceased are never truly gone.
Erik Fuhrer (@Erikfuhrer) is a poet, artist, collaborator, and educator. With his wife, the painter Kimberly Androlowicz, he is co-collaborator of not human enough for the census (Vegetarian Alcoholic Press, 2019) and in which I take myself hostage (Spuyten Duyvil Press, forthcoming 2020).
Erik is the author of 3 additional poetry collections, all of which leverage poetic erasure: every time you die (Alien Buddha Press, 2019), which includes art by Marcel Herms,VOS (Yavanika Press, 2019), which includes redacted digital collages by the author, and At Root (Alien Buddha Press, 2020), which includes digital art by the author.
His work has been a finalist for Survision's Inaugural James Tate Chapbook Prize, and has been nominated for the Pushcart Prize, Best Microfictions, and Best of the Net.
Erik received his MFA from the University of Notre Dame. He is currently an editorial assistant for International Studies in Literature and the Environment [ISLE] and a reader for Pidgeonholes.
He has taught literature, writing and rhetoric, and creative writing at the University of Notre Dame, St. John's University, Suffolk County Community College, and The College of New Rochelle. He has also worked at two Centers for Teaching: Notre Dame's Kaneb Center for Teaching and Learning and the University of Iowa's Center for Teaching, where he served as assistant director and regularly consulted with faculty and graduate students on various teaching topics, including teaching philosophies. Erik is available for individual consultations on teaching on request.