Today's poem is "Stabat Mater (Marie Curie's Pitchblende)"
from Here Be Monsters

The University of Georgia Press

Colin Cheney’s poems have appeared in American Poetry Review, Poetry, Gulf Coast, Ploughshares, Massachusetts Review, Kenyon Review, and Crazyhorse. In 2006, he was awarded a Ruth Lilly Fellowship from the Poetry Foundation. Cheney teaches at New York University and lives in Brooklyn, New York.

Books by Colin Cheney:

Other poems on the web by Colin Cheney:
"Half-Ourselves & Half-Not"
"Ars Poetica with Vulture"
"Hanging Garden"

Colin Cheney's Website.

Colin Cheney's Blog.

Colin Cheney According to Wikipedia.

About Here Be Monsters:

"Nature is a serious character in Here Be Monsters, and these highly textured poems show us that disparate elements live side by side. Colin Cheney’s surprising, graceful leaps are never misleading or arbitrary. From poem to poem, line by line, classical and modern conceits converge throughout Here Be Monsters; the extraordinary touches the ordinary, and something changes in us."
—Yusef Komunyakaa

"As with the work of old geographers, the poems in Here Be Monsters abound in strange knowledge, which Cheney folds with assured craft into his lyrical/narrative mix, his language a beautifully balanced concoction—now simple and direct, now oblique and complex—of careful science, remote lore, and immediate feeling, all conjuring an atmosphere of skeptical wonder that the poet shares with us."
—Eamon Grennan

"Cheney writes with a searching urgency that is frustratingly rare in contemporary poetry. His keen awareness of how personal history and public history inextricably commingle aligns him to some of the most demanding and ambitious masters of the past half-century, most noticeably Oppen and Lowell. But Cheney is very much his own man, both for the range of his concerns and for a sense of music that is both memorable and refreshingly quirky."
—David Wojahn

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