Poetry. Through branching clauses of off-kilter syntax, Graham Foust makes poetry in NIGHTINGALELESSNESS from the common stuff of conversations, including the ones bouncing around in our heads. "If you think you've seen it all you've seen one thing." By observation and direct address, these poems surge forward as a way to retreat and reflect. They concern what Keats calls "the weariness, the fever, and the fret" of adulthood, the weight of time, when the music has stopped. Yet in the syncopation of action against uncertainty, thought against belief, Foust uncovers a wobbly new music.
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