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Today's poem is "Agnostic Radio"
from Gilgamesh at the Bellagio

The National Poetry Review Press

Karl Elder is the Jacob and Lucile Fessler Professor of Creative Writing and Poet in Residence at Lakeland College as well as author of nine collections of poetry. Among his honors are a Pushcart Prize, two appearances in the Best American Poetry series, the Chad Walsh Award, the Lorine Niedecker Award, the Lucien Stryk Award, grants from the Illinois Arts Council for poetry and fiction, Lakelandís Outstanding Teacher Award, and the Robert Schuricht Endowment.

Other poems by Karl Elder in Verse Daily:
July 20, 2005:   "Making History" and "A Disappearing Act" "Zero gravity or depravity..."

Books by Karl Elder: Gilgamesh at the Bellagio, Mead: Twenty-six Abecedariums, Dirt from The New Yinzer, The Geocryptogrammatist's Pocket Compendium of the United States, A Man in Pieces

Other poems on the web by Karl Elder:
"American Bovary (The Cosmetician)"
"Alpha Images"
"Professor Lucifer in the Arena of Angels"
"American Koan"

Karl Elder's Home Page.

About Gilgamesh at the Bellagio:

"Gilgamesh at the Bellagio opens memorably as Karl Elder confronts the reader with his always-astonishing prosodic acrobatics, showcased this time in 26 deeply intelligent decasyllabic abecedarians. It ends with more of the same (but backwards!) in 'Z Ainít Just for Zabacedarium.' Glimmering in between is the title poem, which recreates, with sardonic humor and a perfect ear for the vernacular, aspects of societyís profound collective melancholia. A tour de force by a superlative American poet."
—Marilyn L. Taylor

"These intellectual poems owe a debt to the tradition of cerebral poets: Shakespeare, Donne and the metaphysicals, Modernists like Eliot, Pound, and Stevens, and John Berrymanís Dream Songs, although they also reference pop culture figures. Difficult at times, Elderís poems merit careful attention, both for their fresh approach to form, as well as for their range of subject matter and their wit, and they reward close, repeated readings."
—Wendy Vardaman

"[Karl Elder] is, for my money, writing some of the most innovative and resonant verse out there. And, man, he is out there. Not that thereís anything wrong with that. I mean that while he seems to have his literary ancestors like the rest of us (Stevens for his lushness, Donne for his wit, Berryman for his change-up syntax pitch), he seems to come at the world from an angle uniquely his own."
—Beth Ann Fennelly

"In this book youíll find a gambling/gamboling Gilgamesh framed by sassy romps through the alphabet. Whether Elder is coming or going, heís always having fun and so, reader, will you."
—Lola Haskins

"Karl Elder is a clever man and poet. . . . inventive . . . imaginative and energetic . . . . Why not enjoy a bit of this welcome relief from our extended bitter recitations? Shakespeare occasionally gave us a fun break even in his tragedies."
—Paul Zimmer



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