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Douglas Crase

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  • Douglas Crase was born in 1944 in Battle Creek, Michigan, raised on a farm, and educated at Princeton. He has been described in the Times Literary Supplement as 'the unusual case of a contemporary poet whose most public, expansive voice is his most authentic.' His poetry collection, The Revisionist, was nominated for the National Book Critics Circle Award and National (then called American) Book Award, named a Notable Book of the Year in 1981 by the New York Times, and earned a Witter Bynner Prize from the American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters. His chapbook of previously uncollected poems, The Astropastorals, was named a 2017 Book of the Year in the Times Literary Supplement. His dual biography of botanist Rupert Barneby and artist Dwight Ripley, Both: A Portrait in Two Parts, was nominated for a Lambda Literary Award and named a Stonewall Honor Book by the American Library Association. He is the author of an unorthodox commonplace book, Amerifil.txt, and a collection of essays and addresses, Lines from London Terrace. He has received an Ingram Merrill Award, Whiting Writers' Award, a Guggenheim Fellowship, and was a MacArthur Fellow from 1987 to 1992. He lives with his husband, Frank Polach, in New York and Honesdale, Pennsylvania.
    Praise for Douglas Crase 'Douglas Crase's poems are objects of profound and gentle beauty, both in their deliciously poised idiom, and in being monuments to the protean moments of a vast genera of life: civic, environmental, economic, stellar [...] These poems offer us an invitation to think not on but with and through the rhythms of civic life and of landscape. The result is expansive, rendering a sense of conviction that feels like a holding ambience, what Crase calls 'a marginal joy / Proceeding as common sense'.'

    Sam Buchan-Watts, The London Magazine

    'Crase looks at the city and the landscape with the amused, disabused eye of a lover.'
    John Ashbery
    'This is such anticipatory, massively omniscient edging work.'
    Eileen Myles
    'This expertly framed volume marks a lasting contribution to American poetry.'
    Publishers Weekly
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