I announced yesterday that my poem, "On a Palm," which first appeared in Presence (2017), has been selected to appear in the 2018 edition of The Best American Poetry. I am so honored to be included in this anthology, where, two decades ago, I first got my bearings on the state, the strengths, and the weaknesses of contemporary poetry. It remains a benchmark of sorts, and I am delighted that my work will have this chance to find a new, perhaps broader, audience. The volume appears this coming September.
While I was sending word of that good news to friends, the contract from my new publisher arrived. And so, I am pleased to announce, my fourth book of poems, The Hanging God, will appear this fall. I will hold off on further details until I have the contract filed safely away. I have been holding off on publishing this book for a number of reasons, including the hope of making it perfect. I guess we'll see if I succeeded at the other end of this year.
Matt Robare offers a generous, serious, but tough, review of The Vision of the Soul: Truth, Goodness, and Beauty in the Western Tradition, in the University Bookman. Click the UB icon to read the whole thing.
I continue to add dates to my winter/spring lectures and readings schedule. Click the Some Permanent Things icon to learn more. And, check back frequently, as some are still in formation.
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