Poetry. The poems of THE CZAR by Mary Biddinger and Jay Robinson stand at the intersection of ironic political commentary and hyperbolized body currency. In the world of this collection, THE CZAR is a figurehead replete with ceremony and artificial gestures. But is he provocative humor or allegorical heft? And what happens when power is passed to the powerless in a secret handshake that's more tongue on tongue than tongue-in-cheek? This book-length collaboration pivots between comic interludes and satirical exposés, at its heart the rhythm of the present tense, history's most unreliable narrator no matter the king or kingdom.
Mary Biddinger is the author of four full-length collections of poetry, most recently SMALL ENTERPRISE (Black Lawrence Press, 2015). She is Professor of English at the University of Akron, where she teaches poetry writing and literature, and edits the Akron Series in Poetry at the University of Akron Press. Biddinger is the recipient of a 2015 National Endowment for the Arts creative writing fellowship in poetry, and is currently working on a book-length volume of prose poems.Jay Robinson teaches at Ashland University and The University of Akron. He's also the Co- Editor-in-Chief/Reviews Editor for Barn Owl Review and helps edit The Akron Series in Contemporary Poetics. Poetry and prose has appeared in 32 Poems, The Laurel Review, Poetry, Whiskey Island, among others. THE CZAR is his first book.Author City: AKRON, OH USA