Poetry. Norman Stock's direct expression of gut-level feelings, surreal fantasies, and riotous humor, invite the reader to experience poetry in a new, more immediate way. The boring posturing of academic poetry is stood on its head by these plain-spoken poems, from the much-anthologized "What I Said," on 9/11, which one textbook study has described as offering "a searing insight into the nature of humanity," to his comic send-ups of the literary world. As in his first book, the prize-winning Buying Breakfast for My Kamikaze Pilot, Stock once again lays bare the hypocrisies that surround us with his sardonic wit and commitment to the truth of what we actually feel as opposed to what we are often taught we are supposed to feel.
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Norman Stock's first book, Buying Breakfast for My Kamikaze Pilot, was published by Gibbs Smith in 1994 as winner of the Peregrine Smith Poetry Contest. His poems have appeared in The New Republic, College English, The New York Quarterly, The New England Review, DENVER QUARTERLY, Verse, and many other magazines, as well as in anthologies and textbooks. The recipient of awards from the Writer's Voice, Poets & Writers' Maureen Egan Writers Exchange, the Bennington Writing Workshops, and the Tanne Foundation, he has also been a Bread Loaf fellow, a Sewanee scholar, and a finalist for Poet Laureate of Queens. Formerly the Acquisitions Librarian at Montclair State University, from which he retired in 2005, he lives with his wife, Lydia Chang, a clinical psychotherapist, in Jackson Heights New York. Author City: Jackson Heights, NY USA