Rob's Poetry


Domestication: Collected Poems 1996-2016. Shipwreckt Books/Up on Big Rock Poetry Series, 2017. Available at Content in Northfield.

Rob's poems have appeared in Red Cedar Review, Water-Stone Review, Rattle, Apple Valley Review, Whole Terrain, English Journal, Comstock Review, ISLE: Interdisciplinary Studies in Literature and the Environment, The Christian Century and in other journals, and in the anthologies 33 Minnesota Poets (Nodin Press 2000), Essential Love (Grayson Books 2000), Proposing on the Brooklyn Bridge (Grayson Books 2003) and Beyond Forgetting (Kent State University Press, 2009). He has two poems forthcoming (Fall 2018) in a Michigan State University Press anthology of social justice poems by current and former poet laureates from across the country. 

Rob's poem "Jane Austen's Toes" was chosen by poet Dorianne Laux for inclusion in Best of the Net 2008.

Rob's poem "Falling" appears in The Knot Guide to Wedding Vows and Traditions (revised edition). Also available online from Northfield's independent bookstore, Content.
Rob's poem "Essential Love" appears in The Well-Versed Parent: Poetic Prescriptions for Parenthood, ed. Jane E. Hunter, MD (Wellstone Press 2015). Also available online from Northfield's independent bookstore, Content. 


In August 2016, Rob was selected to serve a three-year term as the first Poet Laureate of Northfield, Minnesota. You can read more about the appointment here.


Four of Rob's poems are stamped into sidewalks in downtown Northfield as part of the Northfield Arts and Culture Commission's Sidewalk Poetry project. Watch Paul Krause's documentary film about the Sidewalk Poetry Project.


"The script is taut and lyrical and something 21st century Americans can understand." 

Aeschylus, The Oresteia, An Adaptation by Rob Hardy. Published by Hero Now Theatre. Available for purchase here

Rob's adaptation of Aeschylus's Oresteia was performed in the Weitz Center for Creativity Theater at Carleton College in May 2012. The show ran for five sold-out performances, and was reviewed by Eric Dugdale (Gustavus Adolphus College) for Didaskalia: The Journal for Ancient Performance. Read the review here.

You can watch a series of short documentary films  about the making of the Oresteia production here. There's a gallery of production photos here.

A new production of the Oresteia was staged by Hero Now Theater in September 2016, in Zoran Mojsilov's sculpture garden in northeast Minneapolis.

See also:
"Rob Hardy Revitalizes Aeschylus's Oresteia," New England Review Online
Ruth Weiner and Clara Shaw Hardy, "Linking Course to Production: The Oresteia Project."


"In Domestication, Collected Poems 1996-2016, Rob Hardy brings together the wide range of gifts that place him among the few whose common touch makes them exceptional. In work that is at once accessible, enjoyable, and wonderfully well-made, Hardy shows, without pretentious display, that poetry is not an outsider’s cryptic game. His poems demonstrate what Henry David Thoreau teaches: that profundity may best be found in simplicity. Hardy gracefully combines his deep knowledge of the ancient classics and his wide interest in scientific learning with his first-hand experience of nature and human relationships. When 'An early thaw tempts the earth into expectation,' he writes, 'birds modulate into spring.' As we read his work we are modulated into the renewals our varied seasons of life require. For good reasons Hardy was appointed official Poet Laureate of the city of Northfield, Minnesota." (Emilio DeGrazia, former Poet Laureate of Winona, Minnesota, and Minnesota Book Award winner)

"Rob Hardy's poems reacquaint readers with the archetypal depth of the familiar." (Scott Slovic, University of Nevada, Reno, Interdisciplinary Studies in Literature and the Environment).

"Hardy writes his poems as though he is one with nature, and absorbing every little sound and flutter around him." (Introduction to Rural and Regional Studies, Southwest State University).

"If I lived in a world without Billy Collins, you would be my favorite poet.  Fortunately, I live in a world with both of my favorite poets." (A reader).

Rob's poetry chapbook, The Collecting Jar, won the 2004 Grayson Books Poetry Chapbook Competition, and is available from Grayson Books.

Poems available online

"Georgic" and "Worm" IthacaLit (Winter 2015)

"To The Daughter I Never Had" (Rattle Winter 2007)

"Jane Austen's Toes" (The Apple Valley Review Fall 2007)

"Midlife Crisis While Watching a Nature Program" (Red Cedar Review 2006). "Rob Hardy's 'Midlife Crisis While Watching a Nature Program' is a funny and sympathetic look at both a mysterious sea creature and the human condition..." (Literary Magazine Review, December 15, 2006)

"Naturalization," (100 Words 1998) and online at The Daily Palette.

"Learning Curve" (The Teacher's Voice Fall 2005)

New Poem: "Phrasebook"

My poem " Phrasebook " has been published online in Ergon: Greek/American Arts and Letters .