Today's poem is "Mail"
from Maps

Copper Canyon Press

John Freeman is an American writer and a literary critic. Freeman grew up in New York, Pennsylvania and California, and graduated from Swarthmore College. He was the editor of the literary magazine Granta until 2013, the former president of the National Book Critics Circle, and his writing has appeared in almost 200 English-language publications around the world. Freeman's second book, a collection of his interviews with major contemporary writers titled How to Read a Novelist features profiles of Margaret Atwood, John Updike, Geoff Dyer, Toni Morrison, Haruki Murakami, and others. According to a 2013 interview with Newsmax, Freeman profiled a number of female authors in How to Read a Novelist and specifically began the book with Toni Morrison because he thinks 'the literary culture is often masculinized. But many of our teachers are women. Often times, if you're a reader it's because your mother is a reader—as mine certainly was.'

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Other poems on the web by John Freeman:
Two poems
"On Love"
Three poems
Six poems
Two poems

John Freeman According to Wikipedia.

John Freeman on Twitter.

About Maps:

"At the intersection of art and heart, this magnificent sheaf of voyages leads us through the difficult and picturesque atlas of a life.... This is an enduring and rapturous account of a life's journey to plumb the depths of the known in order to reveal the hidden and unknown."
—D.A. Powell

"What is mapped here, in John Freeman's exquisite and robust poetry debut, are the territories of loss, pain, violence, and reckoning that make up a life. And also those of love, remembrance, and unabashed passion that make that same life livable. Maps is a consolation and a delight."
—Tracy K. Smith

"John Freeman's astonishing book of poems shows us first an America that could once and sometimes still be experienced in a vacuum, removed from the brutal struggles that are the daily life of much of the world. Then he takes us into that world, where human tenderness is martyred and buried, day after day. In Freeman's hands the most minimal scenes, the smallest gestures, record our persistence and fragility. Disconsolate, loving, burdened by memory, undeceived but somehow still doggedly hopeful, these poems help us to see a world we're just beginning to map."
—Mark Doty

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