Paper Anniversary

Much of the best American poetry is local in origin but national or international in significance. Think of Frank O'Hara's New York, James Wright's Ohio, Ted Kooser's Nebraska. Bobby Rogers says in a poem 'all art is folk art, made with whatever is at hand,' and his poems are set mostly in Memphis and elsewhere in the Middle South. Like all good poems, though, they travel to large subjects: the limits of language, love and its absence, joy.
Ed Ochester, judge
Winner of the 2009 Agnes Lynch Starrett Poetry Prize

Winner of the 2009 Agnes Lynch Starrett Poetry Prize

“There is something in American poetry that might be called the book of the small town or, equally, the tale of the good family; or, if you like, the American Grafitti Suite. Poems that discover life’s bonuses in new love, wise parents, old books, venerable nature, and the mysteries of all that endures in the face of the viciousness no life escapes—are, well, worth the wait. That’s how I feel about Paper Anniversary. His poems are full of the best news, the kind the soul, as W. C. Williams attested, can get nowhere better than in the life of the lively mind. I think any reader will find this an auspicious, welcome arrival.” —Dave Smith

88 Pages, 6 x 8.7 in.

September, 2010

isbn : 9780822961246

about the author

Bobby C. Rogers

Bobby C. Rogers is professor of English at Union University in Jackson, Tennessee. His poems have appeared in the Southern Review, the Georgia Review, Image, Shenandoah, Puerto del Sol, and numerous other magazines. He is the recipient of the Greensboro Review Literary Prize in Poetry and has twice been nominated for a Pushcart Prize.

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Bobby C. Rogers