Today's poem is "The Mining Camps of the Mouth"
from The Mining Camps of the Mouth

New Michigan Press

George Kalamaras is Professor of English at Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne, where he has caught since 1990. He is the author of six books of poetry and seven poetry chapbooks, including Kingdom of Throat-Stuck Luck (2012), winner of the Elixir Press Poetry Prize. After living for many years with their beagle, Barney, George and his wife, writer Mary Ann Cain, have welcomed a new beagle pup, Bootsie, into their home. They live in Fort Wayne, Indiana, and regularly return to northern Colorado, where George and Mary Ann lived for several years in the 1980s.

Other poems by George Kalamaras in Verse Daily:
October 5, 2007:   "The Age of Bent Blood in the Throat" " When the ithic gods wagered words, we had an enigmatic release...."

Books by George Kalamaras:

Other poems on the web by George Kalamaras:
"Azoic Bottom"
Three poems
Ten poems
Three poems
Two poems
"Unanswered Left Shoe"
Two poems
Two poems
"If Not Perfect"

About The Mining Camps of the Mouth:

"In The Mining Camps of the Mouth, George Kalamaras's newest book, we encounter a poet “who dares to write location—and not just about location.” Kalamaras tramps over the most tramped-over area as cultural ideal in American life—the West. With the aid of grave witchers who dowse up corpses, he untombs lives never mentioned in the history books, mining camp prostitutes for one. To these unheralded lives, he adds his memories of his dog Barney, the poet Gene Frumkin, and a 'Dream in Which Frank Waters Is My Mother' where Waters tells him 'it's easier to grieve than to mouth the sound of now.' This book, which ends with an astute send-up of cultural criticism, continues and enriches this important poet’s explorations of subjectivity and the discourses it drives, including history, as he 'mouths the sound of now.'"
—Roger Mitchell

"Kalamaras laurels that part of freedom which knows no bounds except the crime of love. Read him sideways, read him backwards. This is the mouth of a cannon that fires at all conventional assumptions."
—Alvaro Cardona-Hine

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