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Alan Michael Parker (www.amparker.com) is the author of five collections of poems including The Vandals (BOA, 1999), and Love Song with Motor Vehicles (BOA, 2003). He is editor of The Imaginary Poets, co-editor of The Routledge Anthology of Cross-Gendered Verse, and Editor for North America of Who's Who in 20th Century World Poetry.
Alan Michael Parker is a novelist, poet, essayist, and raconteur. He has written and lectured widely -- including at the Sorbonne and on the Menominee reservation in Wisconsin -- on subjects ranging from the history of beach house art to casinos that sell Matisse paintings. The author or editor of fifteen books, including THE COMMITTEE ON TOWN HAPPINESS and LONG DIVISION, he has received numerous awards: among which include three Pushcart Prizes, inclusion in BEST AMERICAN POETRY, the North Carolina Book Award, the Randall Jarrell Poetry Prize, the Fineline Award, and the Lucille Medwick Memorial Award from the Poetry Society of America. He is the Douglas C. Houchens Professor of English at Davidson College, and he also teaches in the University of Tampa low-residency M.F.A. program.
After taking an AMP workshop, I settled in with his book of 36 gem-like poems. His writing is equally as entertaining as his teaching. He signed my copy with this: Happy, sad poems. His poems are cogent and surprising, they originate from a fresh and individual point of view. Whe he writes about a shoe in "Larkinesque", I get the idea that he has laid his head on the ground to write from shoe level. His acute observation is stunning. The result is a mix of poems to suit a mix of moods.
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