Poetry. "'What are the tones, the minor notes,' he asks, 'dizzying me tonight, from a cafe / fifty-five years late?' That's a question George Kalamaras elucidates time and time again throughout a dazzling collection of scars and stars, worries and wonders—tributes to brother Surrealists like Nikos Gatsos and jazz greats like Sonny Clark, too—figures who 'were meant to caress the keys // inside the soft places we show no one.' These poems form a series of long-after-midnight, everyone-else-in-the-world-is-asleep broadcasts that slip between laughter and tears like shortwave messages from faraway, incantatory and incandescent. 'How many moons' can we find 'in the golden yellow dead?' More than we thought. George Kalamaras sets off to discover them all."—Joseph Gastiger
George Kalamaras is former Poet Laureate of Indiana (2014-2016). He is the author of twenty-one collections of poetry-thirteen full-length books and eight chapbooks-as well as a critical study on language theory. He has published two previous books of poetry with Dos Madres Press, We SLEPT THE ANIMAL: LETTERS FROM THE AMERICAN WEST (2021) and LUMINOUS IN THE OWL'S RIB (2019). A recipient of various national and state prizes for his poetry, he spent several months in India in 1994 on an Indo-U.S. Advanced Research Fellowship. In addition to his publications in the United States, his poems have appeared in print journals in Africa, Asia, Europe, and Latin America and have been translated into Bengali and Spanish. He is Professor Emeritus of English at Purdue University Fort Wayne, where he taught for thirty-two years. George and his wife, writer Mary Ann Cain, have nurtured beagles in their home for nearly thirty years, first Barney and Bootsie, and now Blaisie. George, Mary Ann, and Blaisie divide their time between Fort Wayne, Indiana, and Livermore, Colorado, in the mountains north of Fort Collins.