Poetry. "Keelan's work, always politically engaged, here takes a tender and personal turn. Much of what is mourned in these interwoven elegies is private, close in, but even the larger, more public themes--the Vietnam War, Jesus, the oil industry, September 11--are brought to an intimate scale. The central long poem 'Everybody's Autobiography' achieves a masterful fusion of political history, personal responsibility, and communal grief. A deep-feeling collection not afraid to look loss in the face"--Cole Swensen.
Author City: LAS VEGAS, NV USA
Claudia Keelan is the author of five collections of poetry, most recently MISSING HER (New Issues Press, 2009), and has published poems widely in magazines and journals, including The American Poetry Review, Smartish Pace, Electronic Poetry Review, Conduit, Pequod, American Letters & Commentary, and Jacket magazine. She has published poems and essays in anthologies including The Grand Permission: New Writings on Poetics and Motherhood, (Wesleyan University Press, 2003) and American Hybrid: A Norton Anthology of New Poetry (W.W. Norton, 2009). She directs the MFA program at the University of Nevada Las Vegas and serves as the editor of Interim, the university's annual literary review. She lives in Las Vegas with her husband, the poet Donald Revell, and their children.
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