Poetry David Starkey Ways of Being Dead

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Ways of Being Dead

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David Starkey published his first poem in 1988, and for the past 18 years he has been a fixture of the American small press. While Starkey's poetry has appeared in hundreds of literary journals and a number of limited edition books and chapbooks, this is the first time his major work has been collected in a single volume. Readers acquainted with Starkey's poems will recognize his wry voice, impeccable ear, and wide range of form and subject matter. New readers will find much to admire in the writing of this accomplished yet underappreciated poet.

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David Starkey teaches Creative Writing at Santa Barbara City College and is the author of the textbook Poetry Writing: Theme and Variations (McGrawHill, 1999), as well as many collections of poems from small presses, including Fear of Everything, winner of Palanquin Press's Spring 2000 chapbook contest, and David Starkey's Greatest Hits (Pudding House, 2002). Over the past eighteen years he has published more than 400 poems in literary magazines such as American Scholar, Beloit Poetry Journal, Cutbank, Faultline, Greensboro Review, The Journal, Massachusetts Review, Mid-American Review, Nebraska Review, Notre Dame Review, Poet Lore, Poetry East, South Dakota Review, Southern Humanities Review, Southern Poetry Review, Sycamore Review, Texas Review, and Wormwood Review. With Paul Willis, he co-edited In a Fine Frenzy: Poets Respond to Shakespeare (U. of Iowa Press, 2005), and he is the editor of the essay collection Living Blue in the Red States (U. of Nebraska Press, 2007). Keywords in Creative Writing, which Starkey co-authored with the late Wendy Bishop, was published by Utah State University Press.

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Wonderful language... amazing lines. Starkey is an entertaining and resourceful poet. --Paul Zimmer, The Georgia Review

David Starkey's volume comes as a welcome and ample gathering from the work of this prolific author, playwright, textbook creator, SBCC teacher and host of Channel 21's Creative Community program. Inventing new forms and narrative structures and speaking in dozens of persona voices, Starkey is full of dark wit and wild surprises, as in the tour de force "Upside Down" where a performer's shtick is to walk punishing distances on his hands; in the 12-sonnet sequence of "A Short History of Rock and Roll," which follows music's travels from Elvis and Robert Johnson's blues all the way to Nirvana; or in "Professors Who Wish They Had Been Baseball Players," which ends: What cherished moment/before the podium, audience/enrapt wouldn't they give up/to yank one hardball/arcing it cleanly/over the bleachers/into a cloudless sky? ... This is poetry that follows Ezra Pound's dictum to "make it new" by studying the quirks, betrayals, generosities, sufferings, and triumphs of our nutty species. --Barry Spacks, Santa Barbara Poet Laureate, Santa Barbara Independent

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