Poetry. Child of our amorphous border and a lifetime boundary-walker, transcriber of unknown or scarcely remembered languages, in DEMOS ONEIRON Harry Polkinhorn hews fast to the bafflement of dreams and the dream of language, set forth in a pensive music. "The dead poets," he writes, "emerge / from their graves thirsty for words / that have been denied them they / roll their eyes back in their heads / in search of former visions," here the visions of the everyday filtered by millennia. Harry Polkinhorn, despite his nine previous collections, is one of American poetry's unknown treasures.
Harry Polkinhorn is a psychoanalyst, professor of English and Comparative Literature at San Diego State University, and director of SDSU Press. He is the author of ten collections of poetry, most recently DEMOS ONEIRON (Junction Press, 2011) and The Circle of Willis (Ex Press, 2010); five works of fiction, including Trauma (Ex Press, 2010); ten volumes of translations; and two collections of visual poetry, including Bridges of Skin Money (Xexoxial Editions, 2008). Among the sixteen books he has edited or co-edited are ACROSS THE LINE/AL OTRO LADO: THE POETRY OF BAJA CALIFORNIA (Junction Press, 2002), with Mark Weiss; and CALÓ: A DICTIONARY OF SPANISH BARRIO AND BORDER SLANG (Junction Press, 2011), with Alfredo Velasco. Author City: SAN DIEGO, CA USA