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Bob Arnold 2017


"Who but Bob Arnold could see so gently? And for once the synethesia is correct: his looking is a kind of caress, a touch that is both gentle and throughtful. These poems are about a way of country life in New England that has almost ceased to exist elsewhere. Their beauty, love, and humor move me deeply."



"Bob Arnold’s best poems are moments of love, intense millisecond that fill the body.He fits himself into the natural world exactly enough; but the clear stream and the granite take light from the observation of a woman’s tenderness ... They are not John Milton and don’t intend to be. I suppose they derive from W. C.W.’s plums in the refrigerator, cross-bred with Issa; the weight of realized and singular human experience keeps them from the merely literary."


The Harvard Review


"The poems of Bob Arnold are very simple, with many subtle pleasures barely concealed. In the gardens of poetry Bob Arnold's allotment is not to be missed."



"Every word is love, loved, lovely. What else is poetry?"

~ CID CORMAN on Bob Arnold


"The New England literary tradition includes the land. Maybe Thoreau started that. But it's a tradition kept up largely by gentlemen, walkers and sitters, who, though they are quite often acute in the observations they do make, can record nothing of an actual give and take with the land because for them there is none.

"The hills a man works on get into his body rhythms, come out in his writing. The birds and animals that he notes while working are not an end unto themselves, but are rather integral parts of his days. When he builds with stone or clears away brush or drops trees he takes the place he lives into the flow of his life in a way that transcends any more passage through that land. He knows his smashed fingers, his pulled muscles — the messages his brain receives are heightened.

"Bob Arnold's literary tradition precedes New Enland. He writes out of his work and his life, which are totally intertwined with the land. His actual physical surroundings are more apparent to him than to most writing about the land they live on. Don't content yourself with reading him; get to know him."



Bob Arnold is the author of On Stone, Yokel, Once In Vermont, I'm In Love With You, Who Is In Love With Me, Stone Hut, Start With the Tree and other books of poetry & prose including the train traveling books American Train Letters, Go West, Darling Companion. His newest collection of poems is The Woodcutter Talks. He is currently working on childrens' books (for two granddaughters) — the most recent is Rain Bear.

In 1971 Bob Arnold founded Longhouse, as editor and publisher, under the original imprint "Our Poets Workshop" with various side venues "Scout," "Poets Who Sleep," "Love Thy Poet," and the small booklet series "Just So Happens." He edited and published the final Origin (6th series, 2006) in celebration of Cid Corman, gathering poets and artists worldwide released free on-line and now archived on CD. During 2015-2016 Bob edited and prepared for Longhouse new book titles by Lorine Niedecker, Janine Pommy Vega and as literary executor for Cid Corman Of, Volumes 4 & 5.

He presents a daily blog —A Longhouse Birdhouse—and together with Susan, for forty-five years, has run a bookshop featuring the arts and poetry together with their press publications.

Bob makes his living as a stonemason & builder in the Green Mountains of Vermont.


A Catalog list of titles by Bob Arnold from the 1970s to 2019 updated for Paypal purchase


Poets Who Sleep


New from Longhouse 2019

Poets Who Sleep

Portraits drawn & scribed by Bob Arnold

576! pages, perfect bound

$50 plus shipping

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Back cover Heaven LakeHeaven Lake Cover

Heaven Lake

Longhouse 2018. Perfect bound. 172 pages

$18 plus $2 postage US orders




Lunatic Drawings

Lunatic Drawings

Longhouse 2017. Perfect bound. Completely illustrated with all color ! 244 pages, numbered & signed by the author in a limited edition

New! July 29, 2017

$35, postpaid for U.S. orders





Longhouse 2016. Perfect bound. With many illustrations! 236 pages

New in December 2016






Darling Companion

Longhouse 2016. Perfect bound. Poems with photographs. 136 pages



Woodcutter Talks

The Woodcutter Talks

Longhouse 2015. Perfect bound. 234 pages. With photographs




Cup 1Cup 2


Longhouse 2016. Perfect bound. 112 pages. With photographs




Rain Bear

Rain Bear

Longhouse 2015. Perfect bound. With drawings by Jason Clark, and with other vintage photographs






Longhouse 2015. Perfect bound. 90 pages.




Start With The Tree

Longhouse 2015. Introduction by Gerald Hausman. Photographs by Susan Arnold. With over 160 pages, perfect bound and 150 photographs



Go West 2016

Go West

Longhouse 2014. 144 pages, perfect bound and 70 photographs.

Bob & Susan Arnold travel by trains, lots of trains, across America, across Canada.




My Sweetest Friend 2016

My Sweetest Friend

Longhouse 2014. Poems from a brother to the loss of a sister. 72 pages, perfect bound


Sapline2Sapline 2


Longhouse 2014. With drawings by Jason Clark.

72 pages


Stone Hut 1Stone Hut

Stone Hut

Longhouse 2014. New and Expanded 25th Edition.

188 pages




This Secret Handshake

This Secret Handshake

Longhouse 2013. 112 Pages. Stacked with photographs



Beautifu Days

Beautiful Days

Longhouse, 2014. 96 pages. Perfect bound paperback




Im In Love

I'm In Love With You Who Is In Love With Me

"Forty years of Bob Arnold's love poems
are now under one roof with his new book"

Longhouse, 2012. 168 pages. perfect bound paperback





a long Green Mountain Poem

Longhouse, 2011. 156 pages, Perfect bound



Dream Come True

Dream Come True / Sanndroymd, Dikt For Unge

Nordsjoforlaget, 2009. Illustrated by Laurie Clark. Translated into the Norwegian by Lars Amund Vaage. Bilingual in English and Norwegian.
Exclusive cloth edition. New. 60 pages



Hiking Down

Hiking Down From A Hillside Sky

Bull Thistle Press, 2009. Letterpress. Designed and printed letterpress by Greg Joly from Jamaica, Vermont. Backtracking through Bob's selected poems. Literally.



Sunswumthru A Building

Origin, 2006. With drawings by Laurie Clark.

Introduction by Thomas A. Clark. Prose. Bob's book on work tools and their uses.



Once In Vermont

Once in Vermont

Gnomon, 1999. Bright pictorial stiff wraps with excellent spine and crisp text throughout. New. No cloth edition issued. Limited. Poetry. 118 pages





American Train Letters

Coyote, 1996. Prose. By train traveling a network around the perimeter of the UnitedStates. New in wraps. 242 pages


Where Rivers

Where Rivers Meet

Mad River Press, 1990

Fine wraps with crisp bright text throughout.

Bob's earliest poems from 1974 to 1990. A selected poems drawn from many of Bob's unique small press books.

106 pages







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Link to A Complete Catalog list of titles by Bob Arnold from the 1970s to 2016

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Bob Arnold's blog ~ A Longhouse Birdhouse


Garrison Keillor ~ The Writer's Almanac


Jacket Magazine Interview with Bob by Kent Johnson


Jacket Magazine Interview with Bob by Gerald Hausman

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