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The Book of Men and Women: Poems (Pacific Northwest Poetry Series) Hardcover – August 24, 2009

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Biespiel is a true poetic innovator.

(The Portland Mercury)

Biespiel has a gift for transformation... he can make a command sound like an incantation. He can create psalm—like beauty from the repetition of a simple phrase... one must note the instances of raw brilliance.


[Biespiel] writes with a belief in the redemptive powers of poetry.


When David Biespiel tempers his 'bared teeth' voice with a commitment to the things, and not just the atmospheres, of this world, he can register sharp portraits of people, in relationships and alone, in all their bitter, beautiful want.

(Poetry Magazine)

Biespiel's debut collection is sustained by a search for transcendent, intuitive truths.

(Publisher's Weekly)

In his book about regret, longing, and loss, Biespiel explores the intricacies of relationships between men and women in settings both real and imaginary.

(The Poetry Foundation)

About the Author

David Biespiel is the author of Shattering Air and Wild Civility. He divides his teaching time among Oregon State University; the Pacific Lutheran University M.F.A. Program in Tacoma, Washington; Wake Forest University in North Carolina; and at The Attic Writers' Workshop in Portland, Oregon, where he is director and writer-in-residence. His honors include a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship in literature, a Lannan Fellowship, a Wallace Stegner Fellowship in Poetry, and a Pacific Northwest Booksellers Award. He is also editor of Poetry Northwest magazine.Praise for David Biespiel:

David Biespiel is president and writer-in-residence at The Attic Writers' Workshop.

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