Poetry. "Looking and observing are different. According to Wittgenstein, 'One observes in order to see what one would not see if one did not observe.' With that in mind, I would say that Roger Mitchell's poems are full of revelatory observations on nature, culture, and language. Breezy, skeptical, and elegiac by turn, in BRAID, Mitchell intertwines what's most elusive with what's closest at hand, and we come away from his work having seen very much indeed" -Elaine Equi.
Roger Mitchell is the author of eleven books of poetry, most recently REASON'S DREAM (Dos Madres Press, 2018) and The One Good Bite in the Saw-Grass Plant. His new and selected poems, LEMON PEELED THE MOMENT BEFORE, was published by Ausable Press in 2008. It won the Adirondack Center for Writing's "Readers' Choice Award" the following year. The University of Akron Press published his two previous books, Half/Mask, in 2007 and Delicate Bait, which Charles Simic chose for the Akron Prize, in 2003. Mitchell spent the largest part of his working life at Indiana University and for a time held its Ruth Lilly Chair of Poetry. Other recognition for his writing includes the Midland Poetry Award, the John Ben Snow Award for Clear Pond, a work of non- fiction, two fellowships each from the Indiana Arts Commission and the National Endowment for the Arts, a Ruth Lilly Fellowship, the River Styx International Poetry Award, and Red Hen Press's Ruskin Art Club Award. He was a 2005 Fellow in Poetry from the New York Foundation for the Arts. Currently, he is Poetry Editor of the ezine Hamilton Stone Review and is writing a biography of the poet, Jean Garrigue. He and his wife, the fiction writer, Dorian Gossy, live in Jay, New York.Author City: Jay, NY USA