Robert Herschbach was born in Champaign, Illinois, and grew up in College Park, Maryland. His poems have appeared in The Ampersand Review, The Country Dog Review, Fine Madness, Eclipse, Fugue, Gargoyle, Natural Bridge, Painted Pride Quarterly, South Carolina Review, The Southern Poetry Review, The Sow’s Ear Poetry Review, Subtropics, Quarterly West, West Branch and other journals. His chapbook, A Lost Empire, won the Ion Books Chapbook Award, and his work has been anthologized in Under the Legislature of Stars: 62 New Hampshire Poets and the Red Moon Anthology of English Language Haiku.He is a graduate of the MFA program at the University of Iowa and completed his Ph.D. at the University of New Hampshire. He lives in Laurel, Maryland with his wife, Yihua, and their two children.
In this fine debut collection, Rober Herschbach’s unfailing eye discovers coherence amid unlikeness. Stewardesses embody figureheads set loose from prows; grandmothers resemble ‘improbably flowers.’ This is a a book of ‘neighborhood beauties,’ of lavish ephermera–very close, but out of reach were it not for these poems, these improbable predictions surprising memory with freshness.
— Angela Ball
An astonishing first collection, Loose Weather delivers a fully-formed and fluent vision, ambitious as Hellenistic Athens, haunted as Pompeii, strange as fluorescent swimwear.