Poetry. KINGDOM OF THROAT-STRUCK LUCK by George Kalamaras is the winner of the 11th Annual Elixir Press Poetry Awards. Contest judge, Jenny Mueller, had this to say about the book: "These poems are like nobody else's: in their intimacy, in their strictness, in their magic invocation of multiplying transformations, in their combination of fluidity and concretion, in their rigorous refusal to close up a constant opening, and, yes, in their accessibility. Open to any page and marvel."And Andrew Joron writes: "George Kalamaras, like every one of us, has a tongue in his head—but seeing it come alive, like a bird or a bell, in KINGDOM OF THROAT-STRUCK LUCK, we realize its multiplicity: this poet has a tongue working in every part of his body. Indeed, his poetry portrays the slow, delirious dissolve of the body—with its Death and Eros—into tongues of flame. In the scenario of these poems, self surrenders to its other, and beyond that, to its otherness. Kalamaras's revision of American surrealism brings together the distant realities of Eastern serenity and Western black humor, a meeting so fraught that at times it dislocates syntax. The bassline of his couplets walks us over the Abyss."
George Kalamaras, former Poet Laureate of Indiana (2014- 2016), is the author of sixteen books of poetry, nine of which are full-length including LUMINOUS IN THE OWL'S RIB (Dos Madres Press, 2019), KINGDOM OF THROAT-STUCK LUCK (Elixir Press, 2011), THE RECUMBENT GALAXY (C&R Press, 2010), GOLD CARP JACK FRUIT MIRRORS (The Bitter Oleander Press, 2008), and EVEN THE JAVA SPARROWS CALL YOUR HAIR (Quale Press, 2004). He has received several national prizes for his poetry, and he spent several months in India in 1994 on an Indo-U.S. Advanced Research Fellowship. He is Professor of English at Purdue University Fort Wayne (formerly Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne), where he has taught since 1990. He lives with his wife, writer Mary Ann Cain, and their beagle, Bootsie, in Fort Wayne, Indiana.Author City: FORT WAYNE, IN USA