This book is a compendium of newspaper columns Sydney Lea composed in his tenure as Vermont Poet Laureate. He says he hopes these columns will continue to be of interest to poetry lovers and students, but above all to the common reader. Seeking at every turn to avoid jargon, he explores how the making of a poet’s art resembles the making of any reader’s life. For Lea, poetry and everyday life are deeply entangled.
Praise for the Poetry of Sydney Lea
â€śSydney Lea has always been a poet equally eloquent and wide-eyed before reality.â€ť
About Sydney Lea
Sydney Lea was Vermont’s 2011-2015 Poet Laureate. He has published numerous books in multiple genres, among themÂ Pursuit of a Wound, a finalist for the 2001 Pulitzer Prize for poetry. He is the founder ofÂ New England ReviewÂ and has been awarded Rockefeller, Fulbright, and Guggenheim fellowships. He has taught at Dartmouth, Yale, Wesleyan, Vermont, and Middlebury colleges, as well as at Switzerland’s Franklin College and Budapest’s National Hungarian University. His stories, poems, essays and criticism have appeared inÂ The New Yorker, The Atlantic, The New Republic, The New York Times, Sports IllustratedÂ and many other periodicals, as well as in more than fifty anthologies.Â His twentieth book, and his thirteenth collection of poems, Here, appeared from Four Way Books, NYC, in late 2019, and his mock-epic graphic poem, The Exquisite Triumph of Wormboy, in collaboration with former Vermont Cartoonist Laureate James Kochalka, is due in autumn of 2020.Â He lives in Newbury, Vermont, and he is active both in community literacy efforts and in environmental conservation.
(Photo: M Robin Barone)
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Publication Date: May 10, 2021
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