From The San Francisco Chronicle
"In an impressive debut, Rader serves up a feast of styles and subjects. . . .an enjoyably clever book."
From Bay Area Poets Seasonal Review
"Poetry doesn't get much better than when narration and music, reality and imagination, seriousness and giddiness all hook up."
From Eyewear, January 2011
"Pretty arresting stuff. The apparently easy narrative style is tightly constructed. There s that echoing ee sound in the first stanza: the, me, 7D, peeking. Then the second stanza swings around the i of mind, line, die and I. This is a poet who instinctively writes with a fine ear, so that even the most conversational lines have an inevitability about them.... While the poet enjoys intellectual and intertextual games, there is plenty of warmth and humanity here too. When I finish reading a poetry review, I m often left wondering if the reviewer thought the collection was any good or worth buying. This one is. On a purely aesthetic note, it s beautifully produced. More importantly, if you’re looking to discover some emerging voices in America, this is a fine place to start."
"It’s hard to say what I love most in this glorious debut volume; is it the glorious Frog & Toad poems, the love poems, or the one-on-ones with mentors Stevens, Pound, and Wright? What's clear is that re-reading only intensifies the delight of Dean Rader's Works & Days. There's something reminiscent of John Donne in Rader's poems, the earnest spiritual questing of the sonnets and sermons counterbalanced with delightful and unexpected wit. Contemplate the marriage of ''Batter my heart'' with the playful ''Mark but this flea...'' and you'll get a sense of his range. I think what first won me to this book was the authenticity of Rader's voice and a striking ease in shifting, swift changes of tone."
From The Rumpus, January 2011
"What’s most delightful is how Rader balances the heaviness of that observation against the lightness of the characters of Frog and Toad. Absurdity and lyricism, humor and serious contemplation, bump up against one another in pleasing ways."
About the Author
Dean Rader is professor of English at the University of San Francisco where he held the National Endowment for the Humanities Chair. He has published widely in the fields of poetry, literary studies, American Indian studies, and visual and popular culture. He has received the Crab Creek Review Poetry Prize (2007) and The Sow s Ear Poetry Prize (2009).
Works & Days is a finalist for the 2010 Texas Institute of Letters First Book Prize, and Dean was a finalist for the Poetry Society of America's 2010 Louis Hammer Prize (judged by David Lehman). His poem "Twilight at Ocean Beach: 14" was named by Verse Daily as one of the Best Poems of 2010.
Rader regularly contributes op-eds and book reviews to San Francisco Chronicle, where he recently began writing a regular column for their City Brights section. His series of posts on the 10 Greatest Poets was covered by The New Yorker, The New York Times and dozens of other media outlets.
In 2009 Rader curated a special issue of Sentence devoted to contemporary American Indian Prose poetry, and in April of 2011 his innovative book Engaged Resistance: Contemporary American Indian Art, Literature and Film. From Alcatraz to the NMAI was published by the University of Texas Press.