Alan Albert Fragments of the Natural

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Fragments of the Natural

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The elegantly-crafted lines of Alan Albert’s Fragments of the Natural make these poems special artifacts indeed, fragments we have shored against the ruin of the world.

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Albert's first book of poetry, Fragments of the Natural (2015) was published in by WordTech Communications.His poetry has appeared in the following journals:Alumni Poetry Center Journal of Boston UniversityThe American Poetry ReviewThe Black Warrior ReviewCalifornia QuarterlyThe Cortland Review (online journal with audio recording of poem)Grub StreetKansas QuarterlyMadronaThe Massachusetts Psychological Association QuarterlyMercy of Tides: Poems for a Beach House Dartmouth, MA: Salt Marsh PressMississippi Review New Infinity Review ObrasPoetry EastPoetry Now Santa Clara Review Southwest Review Talking Writing (online journal)Wisconsin Review The Worcester Review Y'Bird MagazineAlbert has received Artist Residencies from The Banff Centre in Alberta, Canada (2013), from The Vermont Studio Center in Johnson, Vermont (2010), and from The Ragdale Foundation (2017). Recently he was chosen by Vijay Seshadri to be a reader for the annual Donald Hall Prize sponsored by the national Association of Writing Programs. He has also been a Finalist and Semifinalist in the Massachusetts Artists Foundation Fellowship Program. Alan Albert is a clinical psychologist in Newton, Massachusetts. He holds a doctorate in clinical psychology from Antioch University New England. The title of his dissertation was, The Internal Experience of Identity Formation of Poets: An Exploratory Study Using Cross-sectional Thematic Data Gathered From Interviews With Ten Male Poets. He lives in Dedham, Massachusetts with his partner, poet Susan Nisenbaum Becker.Education:Psy.D., Clinical Psychology, Antioch University New England, 1993M.A., Counseling Psychology, Boston College, 1984M.A., English and Creative Writing, University of California, Davis, 1976B.A., University of Iowa, English and Creative Writing, 1971

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Praise for Alan Albert's Work:"With their cloudless grace, Alan Albert's poems convey a dazzling reverence. His themes may be common among the celebrated and noble poems that "weigh more," but his voice is as light as a Saturday morning breeze--a swift, capable draft that will hold almost anything aloft. The reader can only open the window, look up, admire them as they dance like kites."  --Frannie Lindsay, author of Our Vanishing"In Alan Albert's poetry, misery has a quicksilver quality. It might turn up anywhere, and seems to want to be everywhere. This inspires in the poet a mordant humor, a deadpan wit, and an oblique angle of vision from which he measures loneliness and loss. But as one's eyes adjust to this vision, something else emerges. You feel it, for example, when the poet says his son at age three gave off a light that came "from inside of him and flowed through his skin into the air." This is also an apt description of the poetry in this book. These "fragments of the natural" give off slivers of light in which tenderness ultimately becomes palpable and love becomes worthy of our trust."  --Fred Marchant, author of The Looking House"Alan Albert's poems are moving and authentic. They are also original and ingenious. They have strikingly imaginative exordiums, uncanny, unlikely, surreal turns, and are informed by a vision that is at once oblique and absolutely clear. And these elements are handled in such matter-of-fact tones, with such naturalness and inevitability of expression, that we are never when we read them not surprised, and always when we read them in the presence of something unique and marvelous." --Vijay Seshadri, Pulitzer Prize for Poetry, 2014

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