Photos credit: Janet Walbroehl Winston. (Mary Washington College Amphitheater)
From Dagda Publishing about “The Writer,” January 2013:
“This is a stunning piece that brings to mind the Beat poets at their best. Eric’s use of imagery virtually seeps out of every word, bringing us into a private world which speaks about the core existence of the writer. A truly masterful use of language and a unique poetic voice issuing forth from the page.”
From Dagda Publishing about “Three Dreamers,” January 2013:
“We have been very honoured to have hosted these three poems together on the site over the last couple of days, and we think that very soon we shall be publishing more of this new writer. He really does have one of the most accomplished styles and voices in poetry we have seen.”
From Dagda Publishing about “December,” March 2013:
“We’re always happy to receive poetry by this talented young writer, and this piece is another exceptional piece of story-telling, prosaic poetry. A breathtaking piece epic in scale and meaning, this really speaks to us of otherworldly desires, thoughts and images. The simplicity of the title belies the scope and complexity of the words within. Deeply metaphorical and metaphysical, this piece is a joy to behold, and one we are extremely proud to feature here. Keep an eye on Eric, with works like this we feel he has a burgeoning creative career ahead of him.”
From Dagda Publishing about “Our Room In Brooklyn,” April 2013:
“Eric Nolan … fast becoming one of our regular featured writers … once again features his prosaic, storytelling style of poetry. A piece that talks of love and passion, which breathes out the essence of the city, Eric employs surprising, original imagery to great effect here, turning the seemingly mundane crowding humanity around the subjects into something else, something eminently more poetic. In doing so, Eric takes the subject matter and turns it into something more epic, something purer, and something much more significant, which is a fitting tribute to poetic love.”
From Dagda Publishing about “A Muted Iris,” October 2014:
The piece is wrought with cryptic imagery and an emergent unknown narrator addressing an emergent unknown ‘you’, though this development cohesively retains the themes that have permeated the piece elsewhere: reminiscence, seasonal cycle, identity, love and the dull remnant of old love.
This is a complex, accomplished poem, layered as it is with countless meanings and clever symbolist imagery. Truly a piece that rewards more with each read.
From the comments section for “Delaware Sheets” in Every Day Poets, May 2013:
“Reminiscent of the “Song of Songs.” Very Lovely.” “Absolutely beautiful; perfection. “Sharon” should be honored to be so exalted.”
From Dead Beats Literary Blog about “June, Washington, 1998,” December 2012:
“For the last month, my mind has been filled with analyses of Coleridge’s ‘Kubla Khan; or, a Vision in a Dream’, so I couldn’t help but notice similarities in this and Eric Nolan’s experiential poem. The particular line which made this connection in my mind is “The improbable White shapes / Of The Dome and The Monument / Glitter against midnight” which seemed to match up to Coleridge’s “That with music loud and long I would build that dome in air, That sunny dome! those caves of ice!” The sun light in ‘Kubla Khan’, in the way it represent in illuminating powers of feeling and experience which constitute the poem’s location – the dome in – matches up to the whiteness in Eric’s poem. Whiteness, however, is in marked contrast as it connotes emptiness, the existence of corners, the fundamental limits of endurance”; it is something all the more enclosed and negative, but still it is beautiful in its expression.”
From Dead Beats Literary Blog about “Confession,” October 2012:
Comparing poetry to pornography, Eric Robert Nolan in his poem ‘Confession’ illustrates the spiritual potency of poetry. An evocative, lyrical poem.
From Women’s Volleyball Coach Ingrid Sturmont, University of Virginia, May 1999:
“Sir, this is a women’s locker room, and you’re drunk.”