Today's poem is "Postcard Lost at Sea"
from Postcards from the Interior

BOA Editions, Ltd.

Wyn Cooper's most recent book is Secret Address, a chapbook of postcard poems (Chapiteau Press, 2002). His earlier books are The Way Back (White Pine Press, 2000), and The Country of Here Below (Ahsahta Press, 1987). His poems, stories, essays, and reviews have appeared in Poetry, Orion, AGNI, Crazyhorse, Ploughshares, and numerous other journals. His poems are included in 20 anthologies of contemporary poetry. In 1993 a poem from his first collection was turned into lyrics for Sheryl Crow's Grammy-winning song “All I Wanna Do.” In June 2003, Gaff Music released Forty Words for Fear, a CD of songs based on poems and lyrics by Cooper, set to music by novelist Madison Smartt Bell, and performed by both of them. The CD has been featured on NPR's Weekend Edition and World Café, and has been written about in Esquire, The New York Times Magazine, The New York Observer, Philadelphia Weekly, and elsewhere. Wyn Cooper has taught at University of Utah, Bennington College, Marlboro College, and at the Frost Place Festival of Poetry. He also served as editor of Quarterly West. He lives in Halifax, Vermont and helps run the Brattleboro Literary Festival.

About Postcards from the Interior:

"Wyn Cooper's superb postcard poems, deft and exemplary, say just enough, and never too much. Their clarities and their mysteries travel hand in hand, their feet raise the clean sound of gravel from the world's outer and inner roads."
—Jane Hirshfield

"You must read Postcards from the Interior. With deceptively simple language, Wyn Cooper has given us new poems that are like urgent postcards from an old friend unsure if he'll ever see us again, and there's so little time and so much to capture, not only for the capturing itself but for that elusive and essential bridge these poems build between us, a bridge we truly cannot live without. This is a triumphant book."
—Andre Dubus III

"In the intimate, coded, and revealing form of the postcard Wyn Cooper charts new realms of aesthetic, spiritual, and geographic space. He blurs the distinction between the public and private, discovering in history, the weather, favored places, and states of consciousness a wealth of imaginative possibilities. Wish you were here, these poems say in a variety of enduring ways. And you are."
—Christopher Merrill

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