Photo by Dobree Adams

Collecting Greene's poetry written between Fault Lines
Distillations and Siphonings, this verse indeed
surveys the matters closest to his heart, including both the
personal and, increasingly, the social and political.  In
language spare but never sparse, he opens our hearts

along with his own.

"Greene's poems are flawless."  Ron Silliman

"There is a lyric delight in the world that informs all of
Greene's poetry, from man's pratfalls to the occasions of
moment.  There is a human face staring at us from these
pages - yours, mine - one that has Greene chuckling or
rapt, our heads nodding alongside or shaking with the
sweet peccadilloes our nature permits"  J. W. Bonner

Published 2008
ISBN 978-0-9802117-0-2
Paperback, 144 pages

"A wonderful gift."
- Brother Patrick Hart, General Editor,
The Journals of Thomas

"...a delightful, beautifully produced little volume detailing the
involvement of the poet and publisher Jonathan Greene with Thomas
Merton and his participation with the publication of Monks Pond.  It
is a book of interest to Merton aficionados, to followers of new
movements and trends in poetry, creative writing, and printing, and

to many others."
- Paul M. Pearson, Merton Center, Bellarmine University

This is a book that might well begin, "Once upon a time...and a
place." The time, 1967 and 1968, a period of that cultural upheaval.  
Yet it was then and there that Jonathan Greene, a young poet and
fledgling publisher from New York City by way of California, met
Thomas Merton. The result was the tragically brief
friendship and
literary collaboration that is celebrated in this volume.

Greene's introductory memoir sets the scene, describing the
unexpectedly rich intellectual and artistic milieu out in the

"hinterland" of Kentucky where he was introduced to Merton through
mutual friends. Two brief essays on Merton provide further context
for the letters that follow, and demonstrate both the breadth of
Merton's literary interests and the depth of Greene's knowledge of his
friend's writings. Their letters, all too few, coincided with the limited
run of Merton's literary journal,
Monks Pond, and his exchange with
Greene reveals two deeply erudite and abundantly witty minds at
work with the earnest joy of language. The
longing of the reader that
this collaboration might have lasted many more years is underscored
by the poignancy of Greene's elegiac poem that closes the volume.

Published 2004
ISBN 0-9721144-2-4
Clothbound, 64 pages

"The most important poems any of us ever encounter
are those that show fresh ways of looking at the
world.  This book is rich with poems like that."
- Ted Kooser, United States Poet Laureate

"Jonathan Greene's poems find the hidden seams and
fractures in our experience, in our memory.  With
exact words and precise cadence he not only locates
fault lines that separate, but the bonds that bring us
Fault Lines shows both the scale and range
of Greene's achievements."
- Robert Morgan

Jonathan Greene once more displays that lapidary
grace that readers have admired and critics praised
repeatedly over the past five decades.  The title
invokes those flaws concealed within the solidity of
everyday objects, waiting patient years to shatter at an
unsuspecting touch, former use abandoned to the
fragmentary evidence of how they were made and
how they ended.  Just so the poems here offer
unexpected insights into the various shards of life that
engage Greene’s notice:  a friend’s father’s shirt, his
parent’s bed as a child, walking sticks, his woodstove,
the heartbeat of a phonograph needle, a cricket who
one-ups him in storytelling.  These are poems infused
with poignancy and loss, guilt and anguish, irony and
the occasional caustic commentary, but also love and
delight in life, and always great good wit and deep

Published 2004
ISBN 0-9721144-1-6
Paperback, 58 pages
Jonathan Greene is the author of nearly 40 books
hundreds of poems that have appeared widely in regional
and national
magazines and anthologies. He was born in New
York City in 1943, and lived in San Francisco twice in the
1960s.  He graduated from Bard College in 1965, where he
studied American Literature with Ralph Ellison.  He has also
studied poetry with Robert Lowell and folklore with Alan

For many years beginning in 1965, Greene edited and published
over 50 books
under the Gnomon Press imprint, including
works by Robert Duncan, Wendell Berry, Jonathan Williams,
James Still
, and others.  He now does free-lance book design
many Broadstone titles) and has won a number of
awards in the field.

Greene moved to Kentucky in 1966, where he lives on a
of Frankfort with his wife, Dobree Adams, a noted
weaver and photographer.
A Commonplace Book

"Greene's book is testimony to a mind ripened by a lifetime
of reading - but it's also a fascinating (and sometimes
startling) symposium open to all."
- Robert West

The first volume of Greene's commonplace book series
offers a distillation of great passages, both profound and
amusing, drawn from authors around the world and across
the centuries. It's like having an entire library in your

Published 2006
ISBN 0-9721144-5-9
Paperback, 96 pages
Photo by Dobree Adams

This collection of Greene's poetry is his 30th title in a
writing career now spanning five decades!

Includes the poems "At the Mall," "City Scene in Snow"
and "Summer Trips" featured on
The Writer's Almanac
with Garrison Keillor.

"Jonathan is at the peak of his art in
Distillations and
.  His poems have never been more alert, more
spare, more startling in unexpected connections and quirky
observations.  In many poems he is witness to the
infinitesimal, the most fleeting event or thought.  Often
poems turn on subtle or sly wit.  While we can read them
separately as epigrams, they accumulate like carefully
wrought marginalia on the book of life, troubled by the
woes and cruelties of our time, warmed by affection and
cherished friendships.  The poems delight us as the
meditations of an examined life, patient, wise, gifted,
artful."—Robert Morgan (from Foreword)

Published 2010
ISBN 978-0-9802117-3-3
Paperback, 128 pages

Addendum & Postlude for
A Commonplace Book

As Robert Richardson Jr. said of Thoreau, quoting what
Augustine is reported to have remarked of Varro (one
of the many delightful discoveries awaiting in this new
volume), we can truly say of Jonathan Greene “that he
read so much that it was a marvel he ever had time to
write anything, and wrote so much that it was difficult
to see how he found time to read” – except with Greene
we must add his prolific output as a designer and
publisher of books as well!  We can all be grateful once
more for Greene’s broad and perceptive reading, for
this companion volume to his
Gists, Orts, Shards:  A
Commonplace Book
offers another installment of
essential thought and marvelous wit distilled from the
world’s literature, joined here with excepts from
Greene’s own literary notebooks.  Readers of the
original volume know the treat they have in store, while
those discovering Greene’s gift for “reading with a pen”
for the first time are apt to find that they see literature,
and life, in a new way after this introduction.

Published 2011
ISBN 978-0-9802117-7-1
Paperback, 64 Pages

New poetry by
Cover Photography by
Dobree Adams

All at Once

Sun eats away
mist from the river --
the trees march forward.

Containing Greene's latest verse, full of wise and
wonderful observations, this limited edition, hand-
sewn chapbook is printed by the author and artist
and signed by both.

Publication Date:  June, 2012
ISBN:  978-1-937968-01-4
Limited Edition Chapbook, 32 pages
Edition of 65
New & Selected Later Poems

In celebration of the poet turning 70, this volume gathers
verse from the preceding ten years of his writing and
includes poems never before published
or previously
appearing only in very limited editions.

"...what only the best art can give us, our very existence
altered, enriched."    Ron Rash

"Jonathan Greene is the real thing."  Julia Alvarez

"These finely distilled poems show us the way with-
out getting in the way - worth holding on to for a
long, long, time."  John Brandi

Publication Date:  August 16, 2013
ISBN:  978-1-937968-09-0
Paperback, 208 pages
A poem from Seeking Light was featured in emeritus US Poet Laureate Ted Kooser's syndicated
feature "American Life in Poetry."  
Click here  to read Column 489 with Greene's poem "One Light
to Another."
Everyday Epiphanies

"In this utterly unique and charming memoir...the hidden
corners of life are revealed in brief stories, glimpses and
recollections written in seemingly casual prose. But don’t
confuse accessibility for a dearth of art. There is deep
kindness and much wisdom in these tales rife with
uncanny coincidences and connections, as if we are all a
part of Jonathan’s world, and he is a part of ours."
                                           Fred Waitzkin

At one point in
Anecdotage author Jonathan Greene
confesses “I am always attracted to reading about the
lives of eccentrics and interesting characters.”  That is a
perfect enticement to the charm of reading this book, in
which Greene himself is the most interesting among the
host of characters who appear in the “memories and
stories of a lifetime” he has assembled here.  The
epiphanies in the subtitle refer to the curious coincidences
– one might say synchronicities – that form the often
unexpected connective tissue in our relationships, the not-
so-many “degrees of separation” that weave us into
communities, visible and invisible.  Readers who know
Greene as a poet will delight in learning about his
background and education (formal and otherwise), along
with accounts from his wide acquaintance with other
authors and artists; while those who have enjoyed his
commonplace books will recognize his eye for the wry or
obscure exquisite detail applied here to life rather than

Publication Date:  September 15, 2015
Paperback,  216 pages
ISBN 978-1-937968-19-9
The Broadstone Anthology
of Short Poems

Edited by
Jonathan Greene
& Robert West

Publication Date:  October 22, 2013
Paperback,  192 pages
ISBN:  978-1-937968-08-3

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Jonathan Greene is the author,
co-author, or editor
of the many books
featured on this page, but as our mentor in
publishing and the designer of m
any of our
titles he also has been a major creative
contributor to all that we do.  

We are proud to present his works here.
Broadstone Books congratulates Jonathan Greene on the release of composer Paul
Lansky's new album
Contemplating Weather, the title piece of which uses several of
Jonathan's poems as the text for this contemporary chorale work.
Click here to visit
Bridge Records to learn more about or to purchase the album.
New Titles for 2018,
in celebration of Jonathan's Greene's
75th Birthday!
Poems 2014-2017

                           “. . . no one questions
                       how a ladder can
                       rest against a cloud.

There are moments when the poetry of
Jonathan Greene can seem as airy and
insubstantial as the cover of his latest
collection. Though each exquisitely well-
chosen word bears the full weight of human
experience, his touch is so light and sure
that his poems float on the page, and in our
minds upon reading them. This seeming
simplicity betrays a mastery of poetic craft
by an author who has been at this for six
decades now. And if his verses more often
touch on mortality and loss, his humor is
intact, as in this characteristically short
scene “In the Pumpkin Patch”:

 “The toddler used to
   getting his way, picks out
   a pumpkin he can't lift.”

Fortunately Greene is back to lend a hand,
with poetry to make life no less serious, but
a bit easier to bear.

Publication Date:  March 1, 2018
Paperback,  88 pages
ISBN 978-1-937968-41-0

Cover photography by Melissa T. Hall,
used by permission.
A Commonplace Book
Enlarged and Revised

For 500 years teachers and scholars have
commended the practice of recording
“commonplaces” – that is, striking and
noteworthy phrases encountered while
reading – for later reference. Few in recent
have taken this advice with such good
effect as
Jonathan Greene. A poet, publisher,
book designer
, and translator, Greene is
foremost a reader of vast
range and
ansive curiosity, and the fruits of over
ifty years of reading with pen in hand are
collected here for the delight and
enlightenment of his fellow readers.   
Ancient Chinese sages mingle with modern
jazz masters, Yogi Berra meets Einstein, and
the wisdom (and wit) of great minds known
and unknown
is on parade.  In the end, this
collection of such seemingly disparate
thinkers and themes coalesces
into an
original work in its own right, an intellectual
and artistic portrait of Greene himself,
offering new
and deeper insights into the
mind and heart behind his many volumes of
This enlarged and revised edition
collects his previous two volumes in this
series (available below), with much new

Publication Date:  March 1, 2018
Paperback,  176 pages
ISBN 978-1-937968-42-7
A Collaboration of Vision
& Voice

Dobree Adams /
onathan Greene

ISBN 978-0-9802117-4-0
Paperback, 40 Pages
$34.95 retail price

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