Today's poem is "If This Is What It Takes"
from The Real Cause for Your Absence

C&R Press

Curtis Bauer is the author of two previous poetry collections—Fence Line (BkMk Press, 2004; winner of the John Ciardi Poetry Prize) and the bilingual Spanish Sketchbook (Ediciones en Huida, 2012)— and two collections of poetry in translation—Talisman, from the Spanish of José de María Romero Barea (Editorial Anantes, 2012) and Eros Is More, from the Spanish of Juan Antonio González Iglesias, forthcoming from Alice James Books in 2014. His poems and translations have appeared in The Southern Review, The Indiana Review, The Common and The American Poetry Review, among others. He is publisher and editor of Q Ave Press Chapbooks, the Spanish Translations Editor for From the Fishouse, and he teaches Creative Writing and Translation at Texas Tech University in Lubbock, Texas and Seville Spain.

Other poems by Curtis Bauer in Verse Daily:
December 11, 2004:  "Landscape with Swallows" "I am in Iowa, on the edge of town..."

Books by Curtis Bauer:

Other poems on the web by Curtis Bauer:
"Stupid Job"
Forty-one poems
"The Numerologist Takes Notes"
Nine poems

Curtis Bauer on Twitter.

About The Real Cause for Your Absence:

"Curtis Bauer is precise about birds, be they crows, chimney swifts, sparrows, swallows, starlings, cardinals, doves or grackles. Like Robert Frost, he knows the phoebe doesn’t weep, for--like him--he is deeply versed in country things. But Bauer is wide-ranging and doesn’t make a moral distinction between Iowa and New York, any more than he does between American and Spain, where he lives part of the year. He is one of the most tender new poets I know, yet when the subject calls for it, he can be as harsh as necessary, for he is a keen observer, and e is sane, a sane realist with a vivid imagination."
—Gerald Stern

"Velocity, vigor, heartbreak and vibrancy: you’ll find all that and more in The Real Cause for Your Absence. This book is full of astounding surprises. Sometimes Curtis Bauer plays sentence against line to shake things up before he sets everything right. Sometimes, with just a word, he knocks you out."
—Camille Dungy

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