Today's poem is "God"
from Millennial Teeth

Southern Illinois University Press

Dan Albergotti is a professor at Coastal Carolina University in Conway, South Carolina. The author of one book of poetry, The Boatloads, and two chapbooks, Charon’s Manifest and The Use of the World, he has also published his poetry in the Cincinnati Review, Five Points, the Southern Review, the Virginia Quarterly Review, and Pushcart Prize XXXIII, as well as other journals and anthologies. He has received fellowships and scholarships from the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference, the Sewanee Writers’ Conference, the South Carolina Arts Commission, the Hambidge Center for Creative Arts and Sciences, and the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts.

Other poems by Dan Albergotti in Verse Daily:
November 11, 2013:   "A Theater Near You" "They say the end is coming, coming soon...."
May 7, 2008:   "Turning Back" "We turn back, always bowing to that urge..."
February 15, 2007:   "Surprising the Gods" "Suppose Eurydice had, running through the evening field..."

Books by Dan Albergotti:

Other poems on the web by Dan Albergotti:
"A Brief History of Poetry"
"Among the Things He Does Not Deserve"
"Days Spent in One of the Other Worlds"
Nineteen poems
Two poems
Two poems

About Millennial Teeth:

"Dan Albergotti is a poet deeply hurt by the world—as he should be, as anyone who feels deeply should be. But his poems are not merely a record of that hurt, they are filled with an implicit hope of what is still possible—the way their elegant formal scaffolding suggests the possibility of justice in ‘an intolerable world,’ the way that the precision and beauty of Albergotti’s language is evidence that the better angels of our nature might, in this life, save us. Throughout the poems’ despair, the poet’s soul is resilient. Millennial Teeth is a beautiful and necessary book."
—Natasha Trethewey

"Dan Albergotti’s poems address the terrors of being—war, madness, cruelty—but with such tenderness and heart that on the last page one is left with hope, not for life after death but for an ever-evolving openness to each moment as it comes decked out in all the craziness and beauty the world has to offer."
—Barbara Hamby

"Albergotti’s poems are passionate and yet skeptical of the things they are passionate about. He writes of family, love, poetry, and the world around us from the perspective of history, even the perspective of the cosmos, and that knowledge imbues his poems with a cool understanding of the limitations and strengths of his warm heart. Millennial Teeth is a wonderfully ambitious collection of poems that soar while still remaining grounded in the world, and the poems are as deft, sure, exact, and expansive as their ambitions."
—Andrew Hudgins

"Albergotti often sounds more like an heir to George Herbert or Ben Jonson than to any modern writer—which is to say that he is by turns a religious poet, a formalist of great inventiveness, and a subtle wit. At the heart of Millennial Teeth is his sequence of radically reshaped sonnets, which play the dozens with the form as they tap into its age-old power. Even heartbroken, even schooled by loss, Albergotti sings of love. In an age of flash and chatter, this is a book of soulful, serious poems."
—Patrick Phillips

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