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American Software

Life as now experienced is largely organized, viewed and communicated using the language of computer systems. In American Software, Henry Crawford has created an original work reflecting the multi-layered, symbol-rich syntax of computer code with its abruptness and flow in order to explore work, family, culture, politics, war and death in contemporary America.

Poems from the book


CW Books (May 5, 2017)


102 pages





The poems in their genius are composed with a language that could not be otherwise, as precise as it is individualized, the outcome being a careful transcription of our lives as they really are, as well as an unforgettable and deeply moving artistic accomplishment of the highest order.

David Keplinger
David Keplinger The Most Natural Thing

The human condition weighs heavily in these exceptionally well-crafted poems that explore American history, pop culture, sci-fi...everything about the book — organization, layout, cover, and especially the individual poems—rises to an impressive level of mastery.

Karren Alenier
Karren Alenier Scene4 Magazine

Mr. Crawford's poems are inventive, uniquely well-crafted and felt...In the poem When [Box] Met <Diamond> Mr. Crawford ingeniously intertwines a dialog within the poem. This is hard to accomplish successfully, but he carries it off while also contributing to the dialog on the art of poetry.

Edward Nobles
Edward Nobles Through One Tear: Poems

Crawford’s work is gloriously original and heartbreakingly truthful...his is a luminous collection where the poet takes big chances interspersing mechanical detail, like mental notes, within the line...Crawford has a canny ability to get into the psyche of personalities.

Download a Word Poetry Template

Here are four Word templates which can be used to put together either small poetry submissions or whole manuscripts. The templates use a dynamic table of contents and come in both Calibri and Times New Roman fonts. To use the templates follow the examples inside the templates. For the smaller collection use the Normal style for the poem body and Heading 1 for the poem title. For the manuscript template use the Normal style for poem body, Heading 2 for the poem titles and Heading 1 for the section titles. Once the poems and/or sections are in place, put your cursor in the table of contents and refresh the table by hitting F9 on the keyboard. This will update the pagination and text of the table.

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