Today's poem is "Whatever Monster"
from The Even Years of Marriage

Dream Horse Press

Ash Bowen holds an MFA and PhD in creative writing. He lives with his partner and step-children in Alabama, where he teaches creative writing and literature at the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa.

Books by Ash Bowen:

Other poems on the web by Ash Bowen:
Two poems
"The Astronaut Explains Divorce To Me"
"Letter from a Mistress"
Two poems
Two poems
Three poems
"Collect Call"
"Albert Goldbarth's MFA Thesis"
"Twenty-Year Marriage"

About The Even Years of Marriage:

"In The Even Years of Marriage, Ash Bowen bravely explores the difficult mysteries of human relationships. In this powerful book, a new American voice, honest and forthright, probes without flinching the depths of love, hope, disappointment, failure, and regret. These sharply honed poems are like daggers in the heart."
—David Bottoms

"Ash Bowen’s debut poetry collection carries its readers from the bedroom to the heavens in order to define what it means to be alive at this moment. The world seen in The Even Years of Marriage teems with promise while echoing strains of loss, with a constant awareness of personal mythology and universal longing. Bowen’s poems are home to an eerie intimacy where desires mingle and clash ... This collection trusts the reader with secrets, and Bowen’s voice inspires our own notions of what makes us whole."
—Mary Biddinger

"In The Even Years of Marriage, love is barely enough to hold a relationship together, jealousy is terminal, and movie screens mirror every attempt at affection. Bowen’s gifts with wit and image offer all the things I want from poems—intelligence, self-awareness, humor and empathy. In this book, the radioactive troubles of the universe arrive on earth like collect calls from outer space, reminding us that life requires an extravagant amount of forgiveness, and 'It’s the gravity of Earth that makes letting go so hard.'"
—Traci Brimhall

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