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Today's poem is "Keeping My Own Company"
from Star Apocrypha

Triquarterly Books

Christopher Buckley is the chair of the creative writing department at the University of California, Riverside. He has received two grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, most recently for 2001; a Fulbright Award to Yugoslavia; four Pushcart Prizes; and two Pennsylvania Council on the Arts grants and has twice received the Gertrude B. Claytor Memorial Award from the Poetry Society of America. Among his works are the poetry collections Fall from Grace, Camino Cielo, Dark Matter, and Blue Autumn.

Praise for Star Apocrypha:

A brilliant expression of philosophy and feeling, Christopher Buckley's latest poetry collection explores growing up in the America of the fifties and sixties and coming to terms with the aging process. In dazzling language, Star Apocrypha bears the beauty and weight of the big questions. The poet looks to nature—the interior and exterior landscapes— for his answers and with wit and high-pitched intelligence accepts his art and life in the twenty-first century.

"With patience amounting to agony, with certainty all the while climbing very real Hills of Paradise, Christopher Buckley has, for a long time now, been the tireless Wayfarer of American Poetry. His new collection, Star Apocrypha, unfolds the deep intelligence of his Way, inventing and sustaining a new kind of meditation as it goes. In poems like 'Zeno Said' and 'Some Last Existential Thoughts at Surf Beach,' Buckley gifts us with illuminations not excelled by any in this day. He has made his way to Mastery."
—Donald Revell, author of There are 3: Poems

Praise for Christopher Buckley:
"[Buckley] has an exquisite ear for language and a gutsy way of blending bravado with humility."
Library Journal

"[Buckley] believes we are more than dust. So I read him."
—Gerald Stern, author of This Time: New and Selected Poems



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