Robert Cooperman's poetry lives in two worlds: the Brooklyn of his Jewish upbringing and the fantasy worlds he inhabits in most
of his collections. He's equally at home in the Colorado Territory, the Middle Ages, Ireland during the time of British
oppression, as he is in the shenanigans and devilment he got up to as a boy on Brooklyn's less than mean streets. He is the
winner of the Colorado Book Award for Poetry in 2000, for In the Colorado Gold Fever Mountains
runner-up for the WILLA Literary Award, sponsored by Women Writing the West, for The Widow's Burden.
Bob's latest book is now available
A Dream of the Northwest Passage
In a return to the dramatic monologue form, Cooperman spins a tale of the
explorer Henry Hudsonís fourth, and final, futile voyage to try to find a
sea passage to spice rich Asia. Hudsonís starving crew spent a winter in
unspeakably harsh Arctic conditions and upon the brink of starvation, mutinied.
Hudson, his son, and a few ailing and loyal crew members were set adrift in the
shipís boat in what is now Hudson Bay. There, they vanished from history, but
what if they made landfall? Thatís the premise that drives this collection.
But survival turns out to be even worse than a relatively quick death from exposure
to the brutal Arctic elements. One by one Hudsonís men succumb to freezing weather,
despair, sickness, and hunger. If the physical conditions arenít bad enough,
an Inuit outcast is dumped on the island as well. But in him, Hudson sees
salvation and a way to finally find the Northwest Passage, as the two set off
in a kayak of their making for one last voyage, either into the pages of
explorer immortality or into the vast white out death of eternity.