Poetry. July Open Reading Period selection. How do we see the things that show us the other things we are among? The poems of Grant Souders's first book are a conjuring. SERVICE is born in utterance, with an opening eye, with the bareness that is there: the root of being in the word is. There's an implication of narrative arc in the poet's semblance of creation myth, beginning in nakedness and ending in everything. Here is a book that finds itself by leaving this world and reaching for the cosmos, if only to look back.
"Souders risks that most dismissible of poetic virtues: sincerity... Such sincerity reveals itself as a terrain, a ground, a place of founding and so also a place of finding. It makes of Souders's poems something akin to 'a fire to look at / and look by.' The object of our meditation is also the object that gives us vision—the poem, these poems, which do not play for us a tune, but give us 'a tune we could play into.'"—Dan Beachy-Quick
Grant Souders holds a BFA from Colorado State University and an MFA from the University of Iowa's Writers' Workshop. He is co-author (with artist Nathaniel Whitcomb and musician Matthew Sage) of a collaborative music, art, and poetry book, A Singular Continent (Palaver Press, 2014). His poetry has appeared in the Denver Quarterly, iO, jubilat, and The Boston Review, and his visual art has been featured in a variety of Colorado galleries. He lives in Denver.
Author City: AURORA, CO USA