Poetry. "I remember, thirtysome years ago, when Dacey first published a couple of poems in traditional forms, thinking, 'Phil, Phil, what are you doing?' That's how out of fashion the old forms had fallen. Before long, he had co-edited with David Jauss Strong Measures: Contemporary American Poetry in Traditional Forms, which has proven one of the most popular and influential anthologies of the past three decades. And I can think of no living American poet who has mastered more forms--from free verse to blank verse, from couplets to sonnets and beyond--than Philip Dacey"--Barton Sutter.
Philip Dacey is the author of thirteen books of poetry. A native of St. Louis, he earned master's degrees from Stanford and the University of Iowa Writers' Workshop. A Sixties Peace Corps volunteer in Nigeria, he taught at Miles College, Birmingham, Alabama, during the presidency of Dr Lucius Pitts. From 1970 until his retirement in 2004 he taught at Southwest Minnesota State University in Marshall. On leaves of absence, he lived for six months in Spain with his wife and their two children and later lived in Mexico with his wife and their three children. Besides making several trips to his ancestral Ireland and one to Vietnam along with various veterans, students, and colleagues, a 1995 Fulbright brought him to Yugoslavia for four months. Upon his retirement in 2004, he moved to Manhattan's Upper West Side for a post-retirement adventure. With Alixa Doom, his partner since 2001, he lived in the lake district of Minneapolis from 2012 until his death in 2016.Author City: MINNEAPOLIS, MN USA