Poetry. EVEN THE JAVA SPARROWS CALL YOUR HAIR is a bright book amidst dark times. Witness a young woman birthing a perfectly oval egg or learn the ropes of the Wang Wei Board Game, taking on the role of a lute or a panda chewing bamboo. Kalamaras's electric poems move delicately between Eastern mystic thought, surrealism, and meditations on the human body and soul. They suggest that the body's true spiritual worth can be discovered in its connectivity with the universe, alighting a pony on the tongue or an ascending angel out of the spine: His quieter musings work not so much as to question, but to point out a direction of understanding: "When you pull the earth apart to plant iris bulbs, what is that purple bending at the back of your throat? What bird sings in the Chinese elm with your vocal chords and the step of your weight that leaves traces of threatening sky on pointed leaves?"
George Kalamaras, former Poet Laureate of Indiana (2014- 2016), is Professor of English at Purdue University Fort Wayne (formerly Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne), where he has taught since 1990. His ten books of poetry include LUMINOUS IN THE OWL'S RIB (Dos Madres Press, 2019), KINGDOM OF THROAT-STUCK LUCK (2011), winner of the Elixir Press Poetry Prize, The Theory and Function of Mangoes (2000), winner of the Four Way Books Intro Series, GOLD CARP JACK FRUIT MIRRORS (The Bitter Oleander Press, 2008), EVEN THE JAVA SPARROWS CALL YOUR NAME (Quale Press, 2004), and WE SLEPT THE ANIMAL (Dos Madres Press, 2021). He has also published seven poetry chapbooks and a book of critical theory, Reclaiming the Tacit Dimension: Symbolic Form in the Rhetoric of Silence (State University of New York Press, 1994). He is the recipient of numerous grants and awards, including a Creative Writing Fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts (1993) and two Individual Artist Fellowships from the Indiana Arts Commission (2011 and 2001). During 1994, he spent several months in India on an Indo-U.S. Advanced Research Fellowship. He lives with his wife, writer Mary Ann Cain, and their beagle, Bootsie, in Fort Wayne, Indiana.Author City: FORT WAYNE, IN USA