Poetry. DAYS LIKE PROSE, Alan Michael Parker's debut poetry collection, was originally published by Alef Books in 1997. It was named a "Notable Book of the Year" by the National Book Critcs Circle. Publishers Weekly wrote, "The deft, formal quality of these poems coupled with Parker's eye for the telling detail makes this a book of stirring, quiet beauty." And Richard Wilbur wrote, "This is an arresting first book; it gives us a poetry deep in particular moments and eloquently alert to the world's curious and agitated detail. Alan Michael Parker's poems are full, as poems should be, of surprises which turn out to be simply true." This new edition includes all of the original poems, newly typeset and designed, and featuring a new preface. Fans of Parker will prize this volume to complete their collections of his work. And readers who haven't discovered him yet will have the pleasure of beginning at his beginning.
Alan Michael Parker is a novelist, poet, essayist, and cultural critic. He has written and lectured widely—including at the Sorbonne and on the Menominee reservation in Wisconsin—on subjects ranging from the history of beach house art to casinos that sell Matisse paintings. The author or editor of seventeen books, including WHALE MAN, The Ladder, and Christmas in July, he has received numerous awards, including three Pushcart Prizes, two inclusions in Best American Poetry, the North Carolina Book Award, two Randall Jarrell Poetry prizes, the Fineline Award, the Brockman-Campbell Award, and the Lucille Medwick Memorial Award from the Poetry Society of America. His poems have appeared in Antaeus, Boulevard, The New Republic, The New Yorker, The Paris Review, TriQuarterly, and many other journals. He is Douglas C. Houchens Professor of English at Davidson College, and he also teaches in the low-residency MFA program at the University of Tampa. DAYS LIKE PROSE (WordFarm, 2019) is his latest book. Author City: DAVIDSON, NC USA