by Dan Rifenburgh

“Here is fresh language, and a powerful originality in giving us back experience we had not perceived this way before.”

—PAUL CHRISTENSEN (from the Foreword)


Winner of the Natalie Ornish Award from the Texas Institute of Letters

“Rifenburgh is a poet of strong, forthright feelings, both dark and light. The language of Advent often has the force of spare accuracy: it can also stun the reader with a brilliant, slow-fuse image. What governs the movement of the poems is a genius for the speaking voice ... Such poetry is rich because of its many articulate selves, and the way its variety o fvoices makes for a striking texture of dictions ...”

—RICHARD WILBUR (from the Introduction)

“The poems are terrific: so fluent, so smart, and brimming with charm. Rifenburgh is my candidate for discovery of the year. He cannot be compared to X or Y. He is Z all by himself.”


“These poems are startling in their vividness, skill, their originality and solidity. I find that lines and images resonate long after they have served the purposes of their local contexts. Mr Rifenburgh's work deserves wider notice, particularly when so much of scant merit is greeted with acclaim.”


“Rifenburgh is enjoyable because he ranges at large over many subjects, testing, exploring, reporting, celebrating; he has many moods…yet, for all his ironic witticisms, Rifenburgh is, au fond, a profoundly spiritual poet…”

—ANNE STEVENSON, The London Magazine



Daniel Christopher Rifenburgh was born May 24, 1949 in Elmira, New York. He attended the University of Louisville and served three years in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War, working as a military journalist. He completed a BA at Florida Atlantic University in 1981 and earned an MA from the University of Florida in 1987. He received the Robert H. Winner Memorial Award from the Poetry Society of America in 1996. His first book, Advent, was published in London by Waywiser Press in 2002 and received the Natalie Ornish Award from the Texas Institute of Letters (TIL). He was awarded a Dobie Paisano Fellowship from the University of Texas and the TIL in 2005. He was also invited to serve as a workshop instructor and editor on the National Endowment For the Arts Operation Homecoming initiative and the resulting anthology. His work has appeared in Paris Review, The New Republic, Southwest Review, New Criterion and other distinguished journals. After some years of college adjunct teaching he now drives an 18-wheeler flatbed rig, hauling steel out of the Port of Houston.