Poetry. From THE ESSENTIAL NUMBERS: "1715": "It is unimportant to me whether anyone reads these poems / or their assessment of them should they, I do not care under / whose name they are published, nor could I care less what / literary critics say about them, praise or condemnation, / nothing could be more vapid than some academic advanc- / ing his career on my efforts or within institutionally accept- / able parameters pushing my reputation this way or that, / most contemporary poetry is shit as is the industry that sur- / rounds it and I want no part of it, if I am harsh so be it, if / I am angry then that is life, if I have hurt my consanguineous / they are co-conspirators in their pain, nothing in this work / bears false witness nor have I broken one commandment, / I am a decent man imbued with a religious spirit and cap- / able of love, I have noticed the world is full of cowards."
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Gordon Massman was born in 1949, in Corpus Christi, Texas, and attended the University of Texas–Austin, and the University of Alaska–Fairbanks. For twenty-five years he acquired scholarly and trade books in the social sciences and humanities for various scholarly and commercial publishers including The University of Wisconsin Press and Westview Press. He now teaches writing and literature at The Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts in North Adams, Massachusetts, and lives in Plainfield, Massachusetts. He is the author of THE NUMBERS (Pavement Saw Press, 2000), THE ESSENTIAL NUMBERS 1991-2008 (Tarpaulin Sky Press, 2009), 0.174: THE COMPLETE NUMBERS CYCLE (NYQ Books, 2011), the collections LOVE and DEATH, both published by NYQ Books in 2014 (also available as a two-volume set), and GOD: A HANDBOOK FOR THE DISBELIEVER (NYQ Books, 2017).Author City: PLAINFIELD, MA USA