Poetry. Winner of the 2003 Sawtooth Poetry Prize, judged by Joe Wenderoth, who comments, in his introduction: "There are many ways to hear 'it takes off the top of my head.' For me, the most important way to hear it is: it makes me suddenly and oddly aware that I am alive—aware that I am simultaneously at the end and the beginning of my power, which is simply to be there and to say so. Foust's poems do this for me; I feel akin to the mute struggler that lurks all around these poems that eludes so many attempts at saying that and where and how he is. The struggle is, in my view, dignified—never self-congratulatory, never self-pitying—and it has produced sounds for us to come back to—sounds for us to set out from."
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Born in Tennessee and raised in Wisconsin, Graham Foust is the author of several books of poems, including NIGHTINGALELESSNESS (Flood Editions, 2018), TIME DOWN TO MIND (Flood Editions, 2015); TO ANACREON IN HEAVEN AND OTHER POEMS (Flood Editions, 2013), a finalist for the Believer Poetry Award; A MOUTH IN CALIFORNIA (Flood Editions, 2009); NECESSARY STRANGER (Flood Editions, 2007); and LEAVE THE ROOM TO ITSELF (Ahsahta Press, 2003). With Samuel Frederick, he has also translated three books by the late German poet Ernst Meister, OF ENTIRETY SAY THE SENTENCE (2015), WALLLESS SPACE (2014), and IN TIME'S RIFT (IM ZEITSPALT) (2012), all published by Wave Books. He works at the University of Denver.Author City: DENVER, CO USA