Robert Fanning is the author of Our Sudden MuseumSheet Music (chapbook), American Prophet, The Seed Thieves, and Old Bright Wheel  (chapbook).

For further information about each publication, as well as purchasing information, scroll down! In addition to these publications, his manuscript Severance is currently under consideration by publishers, and his manuscript A Man Carrying a Corpse is in progress and due to be completed soon.

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With elegies to a brother, sister and father at the core, Robert Fanning’s third collection examines what sustains in us in spite of loss. In richly sonic and poignant lyrics, we witness the wilder forces beyond our houses and families and bastions of safety—of birds and wind, field and sea—of the beauty and devastation that we cannot contain and to which we eventually succumb. In poems alternately harrowing and humorous, bright and bittersweet, Fanning looks beyond grief to his children and the world to come, in a tenacious celebration of both impermanence and of what endures.

For a preview of some of the poems in the collection, why not check out this reading at Georgia Tech University. 

Salmon Poetry, 2017
ISBN: 978-1-910669-67-9

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Sheet Music is a chapbook featuring six poems and including illustrations by the author, published by Three Bee Press in 2015.  The edition is limited to 150 signed & numbered softcover copies, hand-bound and hand-printed on Rives Heavyweight Buff paper.  The book was letter-press printed and handbound at Signal-Return in Eastern Market, Detroit by Editor Greg Wahl, with help from his sister, Elizabeth.

Three Bee Press, 2015
18 Pages, including illustrations by the author
USD $25 + $2.75 Shipping
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American ProphetAt once lyrical, humorous, heartbreaking, bitter, and wry—this engaging collection introduces a character like none other seen in the history of poetry. American Prophet is a collection of poems that details the sojourns of a so-called Prophet across the American landscape, from coastal beaches to strip malls to cities to heartland farms. As the Prophet tries continually but fails to reach “his people,” his urgent messages go unnoticed or get swallowed by the machines and cacophony of contemporary America.

Through this failed American Prophet, we question notions of faith and doubt, of media, of consumerism, of politics and war, of spirituality and secularism. We consider the question of who or what to believe in now, of how to live—in this new century that finds our nation ever more plugged-in and charged, and ever more on the brink.

Marick Press, 2009
97 Pages
ISBN10: 1-934851-01-9
ISBN13: 978-1-934851-01-2
USD $14.95 + Shipping
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In dramatic lyrics and narratives, The Seed Thieves investigates both the mundane and the extramundane. In varying styles and voices, the poems cover a wide spectrum of imagery, including: a man startled to prayer by fireflies, a teenage girl falling from a highway overpass, a drunk circling his lawn in a tractor, children scavenging through the treasures of a shattered piñata. Grappling with death, love, God, and existence in a world where “even lifting our hands to pray / we disturb the air,” these poems turn toward death and ruin in search of real light and redemption.


Winner of The Ledge Press Chapbook Contest, 2002, Old Bright Wheel is Robert Fanning’s first publication, and features several of the poems that would later be published in his full-length collection, The Seed Thieves. The book is now out-of-print, though copies can occasionally be found on Amazon, see link below, or still clutched in the hands of the aggrieved dead.

Ledge Press, 2002
24 Pages
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