As a poet and essayist, my work is rooted in the impact feminism has had on my life as a man, particularly as a survivor of childhood sexual violence. As a literary co-translator, I write about the relevance of classical Persian poetry to our contemporary lives.
This is from an essay called “Here Today,” in Hayden Carruth’s Effluences from the Sacred Caves. In my early years as a poet, I learned more about craft from reading this book than almost anywhere else: “[W]hen poems gain in fluency and intelligibility, and hence in meaning, from being printed as prose, it is because […]
So I’m reading The Penguin Anthology of Twentieth Century Poetry, edited by Rita Dove, in preparation for the poetry workshop I’ll be teaching this semester, and four very different poems, almost all in a row, by four very different poets, took my breath away: “Power,” by Audre Lorde, “The Prediction,” by Mark Strand, “A Stone […]