Poetry and Prose:
Ceremonies (Concourse Press, 1984)
Sometimes Survival : A play for three voices (1987)
the lives of thomas—episodes & prayers (Five Fingers Press, 1991)
The Sasha Poems (Ex Nihilo Press, 1998)
The Desire Notebooks (Spuyten Duyvil, 1999)
Bloodline (Talisman House, 2002)
Talking God’s Radio Show (Spuyten Duyvil, 2006)
Here: A Poem for Billy High 1959-2004 (Talisman House, 2006)
A Book of Unknowing (Talisman House, 2010)
you are everything you are not (Talisman House, 2013)
Vanishing Acts (Talisman House, forthcoming 2016)
Mapping Codes: A Collection of New Writing from Moscow to San Francisco (Five Fingers Review, 1990)
Blue Vitriol by Alexei Parschikov (with Michael Palmer and Michael Molnar) (Avec Books, 1994).
The Right to Err: Selected Poems of Nina Iskrenko (with Patrick Henry and Katya Olmstead) (Three Continents Press, 1995)
The Inconvertible Sky by Ivan Zhdanov (with Patrick Henry) (Talisman House, 1997)
Crossing Centuries: The New Generation in Russian Poetry (Talisman House, 2000)
you are everything you are not
“Sometimes questions are answers and answers are questions in these dialogic verses. Death, love, history, sorrow, language, joy and prayer are subjects masterfully interwoven in John High’s bardic and ecstatic lines. ‘you are everything you are not’ is an exquisite sequence. In the words of the poet: ‘The story never leaves you.’”
A Book of Unknowing
John High's poems, threaded together by narratives of childhood that span a century, are always immediate, grounded, and as fleeting as the moment. Throughout, High's art stays close to the heart. The music is visible.
"In this book-length elegy rendered in the sparest strokes, the silence of the dead meets a Zen stillness centered in the author s own practice. John High handles his subject with the most delicate distance -- we never fully see the brother he mourns, but we sense him always, getting larger and larger, as only the dead can do, until he has become indistinguishable from the world he left. In this lovely book, High turns elegy to discovery while retaining the truth of sadness, and matches brevity with a generosity that not only grasps, but also loves, the human condition."
Talking God's Radio Show
“The red-light district of Richmond, Virginia in the mid-sixties is the backdrop and High is the ultimate time traveler-recreating the arcane of a world that seems long gone but is actually steeped in present day time. The book is airtight and explosive and belongs on the same shelf as James Ellroy's My Dark Places and Leslie Silko's Ceremony.”
The Desire Notebooks
"...High's expansive opus, The Desire Notebooks, pulsates with fullness and loss. It's always startling to find yourself close to someone whose vibrant voice responds to every nuance of the breathing world, whose sentient experience is so awake that you find yourself awakened. This work roves through rituals of experience and imagination, taking us there."
The New Russian Poetry
Crossing Centuries, including the work of approximately fifty translators and ninety poets, focuses on transformations in Russian poetry from the 1970s to the present with particular attention to the Brezhnev years and the profound changes in language and values that followed the collapse of the Soviet regime.