Today's poem is "After Television"
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>Copper Canyon Press

Hayden Carruth (1921–2008) lived for many years in northern Vermont, then moved to upstate New York, where he taught in the Graduate Creative Writing Program at Syracuse University. He published twenty-four books of poetry, a novel, four books of criticism, and two anthologies. He served as the editor of Poetry, poetry editor of Harper's, and for twenty-five years an advisory editor of The Hudson Review. The Bollingen, Guggenheim, and Lannan Foundations, as well as the National Endowment for the Arts, awarded fellowships to Carruth.

Other poems by Hayden Carruth in Verse Daily:
April 22, 2006:   "Adoration is Not Irrelevant" " You, my adoration—no fooling—I've..."

Books by Hayden Carruth:

Other poems on the web by Hayden Carruth:
> Seven poems
> Forty-seven poems

Hayden Carruth According to Wikipedia.

About The Crossed-Out Swastika:

"On the surface, a world of hospitals, casinos, convenience stores, toolsheds, banquet halls—all the lit squares of our civil selves. Below the surface, a murky realm, subconscious, magic, oracular, where blind hearts swim through an elemental darkness. And Hayden Carruth is constantly letting his bucket down on a long long rope, to tug the darkness up into the light… a rope of words that finally seem well-chosen, but inevitable. Look, as an effete urban intellectual I don’t know a bucket of chicken guts from a Buick’s engine block. But I know Real Poetry when I read it; and it’s richly seamed through every tunnel we can possibly mine through this book."
—Albert Goldbarth

"McGriff’s latest collection of lyrical poems hauntingly blurs the distinction between land and machine, inhabitant and environment…. Despite all the dirt and grime, there is love of place in these poems. In the midst of dark and dreary surroundings, McGriff conjures stark beauty, artfully depicting a decaying community with a combination of tenderness and dread, animosity and nostalgia."

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