Winner of the John Ciardi Prize for Poetry, Selected by Leslie Adrienne Miller
Winner, Eric Hoffer Award
Poetry. Winner of the John Ciardi Prize for Poetry, "BLACK TUPELO COUNTRY is a book of cinematic lushness razored with ache," writes poet Leslie Adrienne Miller, who selected the book for the prize. "These poems dwell in the dark, immutable seam between the natural and interior worlds." Vivian Shipley, editor of The Connecticut Review, writes, "Wicked humor is also woven into the collection in poems about commerce that depict Socrates engaging the Greeter at Wal-Mart in a Dialogue, Adam and Eve selling sub sandwiches in a mall and Odysseus buying a Cinnabon franchise when he retires."
About the Author
Doug Ramspeck coordinates the Writing Center at The Ohio State University at Lima, where he also teaches English. Since he began writing poems in 2004, his work has appeared in over two hundred publications, including Passages North, West Branch, and Hayden's Ferry. A graduate of Kenyon College and the University of California at Irvine, he lives in Lima with his wife Beth Sutton-Ramspeck and their daughter, Lee. Black Tupelo Country is his first book.
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