At the End of Time:
The Incomplete Works of Richard Krech, Volume II

poetry by Richard Krech

"At the End of Time is a fun read, a worthwhile addition to poetry collections.”
Midwest Book Review

"By turns joyful, nostalgic, and meditative, Krech’s At the End of Time is a truly enjoyable and thought-provoking read.”
Prick of the Spindle

“The collection of poems is a mixture of Buddhist thought, political treaties, and biographical sketches. The poet places himself outside the portraits and renders in fine lines the intentions of those he writes about. The poems are mannered, concise, and full of insights…”
Boston Area Small Press and Poetry Scene

“If you were raised on the poets of the New American Poetry—the Beats, Black Mountain, the New York School—reading Richard Krech is going to feel just like coming home. He’s too young to have been a Beat, really, but from the mid-1960s right up to this present moment, he has lived the dream—and, for good measure, been a criminal defense lawyer in Oakland for much of this time. This is really the poetry of vision from somebody with a fine ear, a clear eye, and a generous soul. There is a crinkly sense of humor here as well—it makes for great reading and a deep record of our time.”
—Ron Silliman, poet

“These spare and clear poetic meditations on the Dharma are engaged and engaging musings on time, place, history, war, and the beauty of the natural world. Inspired by the Taliban’s destruction of the Bamiyan Buddha amidst international outcry, Richard Krech’s At the End of Time is preoccupied with right action, whether it takes place in the resistance to injustice in his law practice or in the contemplation of the pleasures of his garden.”
—Ingrid Swanberg, editor of Abraxas Magazine, director of Ghost Pony Press, and poet

“Reading Richard Krech’s At the End of Time is a trip through the ends of the earth, Timbuktu, Kandahar, to the center, The Curtilage, where he has found grace. His calm, rational insistence, ‘bound by the facts/like a poem is bound/by the physical world,’ takes us with him, a chest-pocket view of the world he records and ennobles in the process. After a twenty-five-year line break as a criminal defense attorney, his observations are as pertinent as ever: from the thirteen-year-old climbing a drain pipe to the Syrinx-afflicted man using his father’s cane, Richard Krech does some heavy lifting of the world up to where we can see it with our own eyes.”
—Charles Potts, author of Valga Krusa and The Portable Potts

Named a
Jan-Feb 2011 Pick by Small Press Review