Poetry. Sam Truitt's landmark work of contemporary poetry, VERTICAL ELEGIES: THREE WORKS consists of the long poem 'Song of Rasputin,' the 40-day poetic chronicle 'Raton Rex,' and the multi-layered concrete poem 'Falltime.' "Sam Truitt's poems have a don't-stop-me-now-I'm-almost-there urgency to them. He has always been disposed to the book-length rather than the page-length poem. He has no patience for the voice's removal from the scene--the language he seems destined to sing holds too much hubris, speed, and childlike wonder to hold back. Instead, cunning formal maneuverings provide the distance and displacement needed to rattle the teeth of syntax and alter the current beat. As a reader, one gets caught up in the frenzy. There is the pleasure of verbal abandon and the reassurance of visual control. There is the perpetually keyed-up anticipation of anything-could-happen-here..."--C.D. Wright.
Sam Truitt was born in Washington, DC, and raised there and in Tokyo, Japan. He is the author of the ten works in the VERTICAL ELEGIES series, TOKYOATOTO (Station Hill Press, 2020), among others in print and other media, and the co-editor of IN|FILTRATION (Station Hill Press, 2016); and Eating the Colors of a Lineup of Words: The Early Books of Bernadette Mayer. Robert Creeley likened Truitt to "a contemporary Everyman," and he is the recipient, among other recognitions, of numerous Fund for Poetry awards, a Contemporary Poetry Award from the University of Georgia, and a Howard Fellowship. The producer and a co-host of the podcast Baffling Combustions and Director of Station Hill Press, he lives in Woodstock, NY. Author City: WOODSTOCK, NY USA