Poetry. "Curtis Bauer is precise about birds, be they crows, chimney swifts, sparrows, swallows, starlings, cardinals, doves, or grackles. Like Robert Frost, he knows the phoebe doesn't weep, for—like him—he is deeply versed in country things. But Bauer is wide-ranging and doesn't make a moral distinction between Iowa and New York, any more than he does between America and Spain, where he lives part of the year. He is one of the most tender new poets I know, yet when the subject calls for it, he can be as harsh as necessary, for he is a keen observer, and he is sane, a sane realist with a vivid imagination."—Gerald Stern
"Velocity, vigor, heartbreak and vibrancy: you'll find all that and more in THE REAL CAUSE FOR YOUR ABSENCE. This book is full of astounding surprises. Sometimes Curtis Bauer plays sentence against line to shake things up before he sets everything right. Sometimes, with just a word, he knocks you out."—Camille T. Dungy
Author City: LUBBOCK, TX USA
Curtis Bauer is the author of three poetry collections: FENCE LINE (BkMk Press at the University of Missouri-Kansas City, 2004), winner of the John Ciardi Poetry Prize; Spanish Sketchbook/España en dibujos (Ediciones en Huida, 2012), a bilingual English/Spanish collection published in Seville, Spain; and THE REAL CAUSE FOR YOUR ABSENCE (C&R Press, 2013). His poems and translations have appeared in The Southern Review, The Indiana Review, The Common and The American Poetry Review, among others. He is the publisher and editor of Q Avenue Press Chapbooks, the Spanish Translations Editor for From the Fishouse, and he teaches Creative Writing and Translation at Texas Tech University in Lubbock, Texas, and Seville, Spain.
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