Poetry. THE LOCUST DIAGRAMS is based on a month-long sequence of dreams.--I would be in some mesmerizing place like Times Square, or an Old World manor house, or a library of famous authors, and then suddenly Times Square would turn into a moldering cardboard world, the library of famous authors would be covered in locusts, etc. After these calamities, children (who had been given a glimpse of something Eternal and been transfigured by it) would dance into the barren space left by the wrecked monument, sow glowing seeds into colorless dust and ashes, and then point hopeless masses of people toward a rising sun.
Born in Minnesota and raised in New York and Ohio, Nathan Parker now lives with his wife and three children in Alabama, where in 2004 he received an MFA from the University of Alabama. His poems have appeared in numerous journals, including American Letters & Commentary, American Poet, Colorado Review, Conduit, Cortland Review, DIAGRAM, FIELD, Laurel Review, Octopus, and Quarterly West. He has been a finalist for the Fence Modern Poets Series, the Sawtooth Poetry Prize, and the Agnes Starrett Lynch Prize from the University of Pittsburgh Press. He was recently featured in American Poet for their Emerging Poets Series. Author City: NORTHPORT, AL USA