Kevin Clark

Kevin Clark’s poetry collection Self-Portrait with Expletives (LSU Press, 2010) won the Pleiades Press contest, and his first book, In the Evening of No Warning (New Issues Poetry and Prose, 2002), earned a grant from the Academy of American Poets. Kevin’s recent chapbook The Wanting (2016) won the Five Oaks Press contest. A regular reviewer for our pages in recent years, Clark has also published criticism in the Southern Review, Papers on Language and Literature, and Contemporary Literary Criticism. He teaches for the Rainier Writing Workshop, a low-residency MFA program based at Pacific Lutheran University in Tacoma, Washington.


Time, Story, and Lyric in Contemporary Poetry

After reading recent books of poetry by Patricia Smith, Robert Wrigley, David Kirby, and Cathy Park Hong, one might be surprised to know that even the best of contemporary critics tend to devalue narrative poetry in favor of the lyric. After all, not only are these four books very good—they all employ narrative.  The bias […]

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