Poetry. Drama. Winner of the Dorset Prize, selected by Robert Pinsky. The poems in Mario Chard's first collection follow three entangled strands — a contemporary immigrant story, echoes of the Fall in Paradise Lost, and meditations on fatherhood in the shadow of Abraham's command to sacrifice a son. The poet speaks from the American hemisphere, immersed in histories of loss from long before Magellan first glimpsed his tierra del fuego. This LAND OF FIRE is close at hand though we try and insist upon its distance, like the sun, like Milton's Pandemonium, like the wars outside our borders or within.
Mario Chard was born in northern Utah, the son of an Argentine immigrant mother and an American father. Recent poems have appeared in the The New Yorker, Boston Review, Beloit Poetry Journal, FIELD, and Image. Winner of the "Discovery" / Boston Review Poetry Prize and a former Wallace Stegner Fellow in Poetry at Stanford University, he currently teaches in Atlanta, Georgia, where he lives with his wife and sons.Author City: ATLANTA, GA USA