Poetry. Ekphrastic Poetry.
“Is a dry knowingness the defining quality of the 21st century so far — causing us
to always define meaning down to menace? Did the 20th century so gird us for loss that deep into the 21st, we can only broach the subject of tenderness with eight layers of disclaimer and self-defense? Here comes Reese Conner saying so: we know this, he writes over and over: happiness 'unspools,' violence erases it. And yet Conner is also eking out of himself not just filial love for a gentle father or passionate engagement with a lover, but devotional attention to — doomed, or death-purveying (for chipmunks, mice, birds) or already-themselves-kaput — cats. Cats! A multitude? or only one, only Lewis, who is not practical, whose impractical, unexpected power is to undo what Conner 'knows,' to make room in all our hearts for the unexpected, un-braced-for survival of besottedness and care.”
-Sally Ball, author of Hold Sway
Author Site.ASU News Article
Reese Conner is the winner of the 2020 Cider Press Review Editors' Prize for his manuscript THE BODY HE LEFT BEHIND. He received his M.F.A. from Arizona State University, where he has continued to teach composition and poetry workshops. He received the Turner Prize from the Academy of American Poets and the Mabelle A. Lyon Poetry Award.