Poetry. Recipient of the 2000 Beatrice Hawley Award. Lyrical yet political, fragmented yet inclusive, energetically improvisational yet elegantly shaped...UTOPIC resists conventional classifications. This collection of poetry asks readers to engage in a poignant examination of the boundaries of the poetic, an examination where the implications far exceed questions of aesthetics. In fact, the book's refusal of easy categorization echoes Martin Luther King's imperative that we act as a beloved community by rejecting harmful inherited ideas and instead embracing the disenfranchised, the outsider, the new.
Author City: LAS VEGAS, NV USA
Claudia Keelan is the author of six collections of poetry, including O, HEART (Barrow Street Press, 2014), MISSING HER (New Issues Press, 2009), The Secularist (finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Award), and Utopic (Beatrice Hawley Award, 2001). A book of translations, Truth of My Songs: The Poems of the Trobairitz, is forthcoming from Omnidawn in 2015. Ecstatic Émigré, essays written for The American Poetry Review, is still underway. She is Professor of English and Director of Creative Writing at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.