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Today's poem is "The Math Mortician"
from The Early Death of Men

NYQ Books

Clint Margrave's work has appeared in numerous magazines including The New York Quarterly, Rattle, Ambit, Chiron Review, and Pearl, as well as in the anthologies At the Gate: Arrivals and Departures (Kings Estate Press), Beside the City of Angels: An Anthology of Long Beach Poetry (World Parade Books), Incidental Buildings and Accidental Beauty (Tebot Bach) and So Luminous the Wildflowers: An Anthology of California Poets (Tebot Bach). He lives in Long Beach, CA.

Books by Clint Margrave:

Other poems on the web by Clint Margrave:
Two poems

Clint Margrave's Website.

Clint Margrave on Twitter.

About The Early Death of Men:

"It seems at least a decade since I wrote a brief preface for an early chapbook of Clint Margrave's poems, announcing the intelligence, talent, erudition, worldly experience, and confident voice which augured such a bright literary future. Still, the scope, variety, maturity, and syntactical artistry of this monumental compilation caught me by surprise. With these poems he takes his place among the elite verbal practitioners of his generation. To the wit he has always displayed, he has added the wisdom and complexities of the self-reflective life. This work well deserves the imprimatur of NYQ's esteemed and indefatigable editor/publisher, Raymond Hammond. When a writer has cleared such high hurdles of our profession, the self-assurance achieved unlocks the remaining chambers of his gift. The next time a blurb is called for, I suspect it will be I who is petitioning him for it. And it had damn well better be a glowing one!"
—Gerald Locklin

"Clint Margrave, a highly original observer, sees things that have always been there in front of our faces but that we have never seen. Like Celine or Ionesco, he sees the absurdity in life and makes dark, ironic humor out of it. He's not one of those poets who do tricks with words and images like a juggler seeking applause from the crowd. His poems serve to reveal the humor, beauty, complexity, absurdity and genius in the universe, mixing scientific curiosity with poetic intuition, restoring our wonder at the magic of ordinary living. At their foundation is compassion for us "mortal fool" humans with all our missteps and suffering, and a profound desire for enlightenment. Let's all enjoy our good fortune in reading these wonderful poems Clint Margrave gives us."
—Fred Voss

"Clint Margrave writes high-octane poetry about such matters as finding his father's brain stuffed in an envelope, the neighborhood woman who never stops crying, the kid with one eye and a paralyzed face whom no one wants to sit next to. Not poems about the great New Year's Eve party but seductive, dead-ahead poems about the ordinary, unassuming second day of the year when 'no one wants to quit smoking / or propose / or make promises they canít keep.'"
—Steve Kowit



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