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Today's poem is "Even Because"
from Twice Removed

Sarabande Books

Ralph Angel is the author of two previous collections of poetry: Neither World, which received the 1995 James Laughlin Award of the Academy of American Poets, and Anxious Latitudes. His poems have appeared in The New Yorker, Poetry, The Antioch Review, The American Poetry Review, and many other magazines, and have been collected in numerous anthologies, including The Best American Poetry, The Body Electric, New American Poets of the '90s, and Forgotten Language. His recent honors include a Pushcart Prize and awards from the Fulbright Foundation and Poetry magazine. Mr. Angel is Edith R. White Endowed Chair in English at the University of Redlands, and a member of the MFA program in Writing faculty at Vermont College.

"Angel's poems are stamped indelibly with the mark of a unique, shaping imagination, and they're fresh with news of how it feels to live right now."
—Mark Doty, Los Angeles Times

"Neither World, winner of the 1995 James Laughlin Award of The Academy of American Poets, is an exhilarating, heartbreaking, deliciously subversive place."
—Gail Wronsky, The Antioch Review

"Upon replenished, uncultivated ground, the wildness of mere being comes clear. In Neither World, Ralph Angel does not so much seek as see the wild in fierce disclosure."
—Donald Revell, Denver Quarterly

"Just as Richard Diebenkorn defined Los Angeles for me in his paintings, so too has Ralph Angel defined that city in his remarkable poetry. And I am amazed by the timeless and universal quality of his work. He brings something ancient and compelling—from Andalusia through Rhodes and Constantinpole, through the Pacific Northwest—that we recognize as a kind of rare Sephardic wisdom, a brilliance traveling at the speed of Los Angeles light. He is one of America's very best poets. A true visionary."
—Tomaz Salamun



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