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 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.
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