"Bocage" and Other Sonnets
5.5 x 8.5, 88 pp.
Pub Date: 10/29/2008
Price:        $5.00


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2007 X.J. Kennedy Poetry Prize

"Bocage" and Other Sonnets

By William Baer

Bocage” and Other Sonnets is a collection of meticulously crafted sonnets that take a hard-edged, uncompromising look at human behavior—like the man trapped in an elevator with his former lover’s husband, the criminal staring at his own wanted poster, the colorblind visitor in an art gallery, or the cartographer who creates a fictitious town. This diverse collection of poems also includes some light verse, love sonnets, translations, and several Biblically based sonnets.

WILLIAM BAER is the author of fifteen books, including three previous collections of poetry: The Ballad Rode into Town, “Borges” and Other Sonnets, and The Unfortunates, recipient of the T.S. Eliot Prize. A current Guggenheim fellow, he’s also received a Fulbright (Portugal), an N.E.A creative writing fellowship, and the Jack Nicholson Screenwriting Award. He currently serves as the Melvin M. Peterson Chair in the English Department at the University of Evansville in southwest Indiana.


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