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Poetry. Winner of the 2007 Philip Levine Prize Prize for Poetry. "It's difficult to believe that Neil Aitken's THE LOST COUNTRY OF SIGHT is a first book, since there is mastery throughout the collection. His ear is finely tuned, and his capacity for lyricism seems almost boundless. What stands out everywhere in the poems is his imagery, which is not only visually precise but is also possessed of a pure depth. The poems never veer off into the sensational; they are built from pensiveness and quietude and an affection for the world. 'Traveling Through the Prairies, I Think of My Father's Voice' strikes me as a perfectly made poem, but poems of similar grace and power are to be found throughout the book. This is a debut to celebrate"--C.G. Hanzlicek, judge.
Neil Aitken was born in Vancouver, British Columbia and grew up in Saudi Arabia, Taiwan, and various parts of western Canada and the United States. He worked for a number of years as a computer games programmer before leaving the industry in 2004 to complete an MFA from the University of California, Riverside. He is currently pursuing a PhD in literature and creative writing at the University of Southern California. His poems have appeared in Barn Owl Review, Crab Orchard Review,The Drunken Boat, Poetry Southeast, RHINO, Sou'wester, and Washington Square, as well as in the anthologies Blue Arc West: An Anthology of California Poets and Homage to Vallejo. He is the founding editor of Boxcar Poetry Review, a Kundiman fellow, and three-time Pushcart Prize nominee. The Lost Country of Sight is his first book.Author City: Los Angeles, CA USA