In this collection of essays, Peter Campion writes an evolutionary history of the past century of American poetry. He discovers commonalities among poets considered opposites, and explores how the conventions of poetry, its inheritance, and its inventions sprang from the tensions of ordinary life. At its core, this is a book about poetic making, one that reveals how the best poets not only receive but adapt what comes before them, reinterpreting the history of their art to create work that is, indeed, radical as reality.
Peter Campion is associate professor of English and a member of the graduate faculty in the creative writing program at the University of Minnesota. He is the author of three collections of poems, Other People, The Lions, and El Dorado.
Peter will be joined by Janna Knittel who lives in Minnesota but still calls the Pacific Northwest “home.” She writes about the environment, family, childhood trauma, brain disorders, and more. She has published a chapbook, Fish & Wild Life (Finishing Line Press, 2018) as well as poems in Up North Lit, North Dakota Quarterly, Split Rock Review, Cold Mountain Review, Whale Road Review, and Waters Deep: A Great Lakes Anthology. She was awarded a 2019 Artist Initiative grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board for work on her full-length manuscript titled Real Work.