About the Author, Robert LiptonRobert Lipton (http://robertlipton.blogspot.com/) is the author of Bearing Witness in the Promised Land. In: Live from Palestine (South End Press). His stories and poems have appeared in a wide range of literary journals, both on and offline, including Echo 681, Interbang, Jacaranda Review, Squaw Valley Review, King Log, Shades of Contradiction, The Texas Observer and Parthenon West. He has received grants from Berkeley Community Arts and Alameda Community Arts Programs, was for seven years poetry workshop leader at Berkeley Art Center.
“This is the book of childhood, love and war. Lipton’s poems are a gang that takes no prisoners: his voice is direct, his tone is clear, his diction is ironic — but his irony is earned and felt-through. The manuscript is a book of elegies that refuse to go mourning without at least a little bit of protest. Whatever his loss is, Lipton’s voice’s always quirky and alive, always ready to report the world straight to us, without patronizing, for “this battle is parent by parent / and I have homework to do.” - Ilya Kaminsky, author of Dancing in Odessa and Musica Humana
Robert Lipton’s poems are “like a wind/blowing through a bombed-out house” and he knows “what that bomber is.” He writes from the consciousness of the bombed and “the living narrator.” World weary, grieving, cynical, ironic, raging, from the real to the surreal, A Complex Bravery is of the drek of our world gone mad, “the features of erotic despair.” “This is where I keep my mother's love.” But “Even after all this/there is singing about paradise.” “Not Me in Nablus ” is one of the important poems of this era. - Sharon Doubiago author of Hard Country, Body & Soul]