Middle Ear

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Roundhouse Press, Jan 1, 2000 - Poetry - 55 pages
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Poetry. African American Studies. Forrest Hamer's first book, CALL & RESPONSE (Alice James, 1995; also available) won the Beatrice Hawley Award. Now, his newest book is the seventh selection in the new California Poetry Series. These poems speak from Hamer's memories of his Southern childhood, weaving that time into the daily dreams and insights of his life in northern California in a continuing series of vignettes. 'A man writes his dark body, ' one poem tells us, and in fact this book inscribes exactly that: a full, breathing voice, muscular intelligence working in language that both startles and satisfies --Mark Doty.

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FORREST HAMER, a former winner of the Beatrice Hawley Award and the Northern California Book Award, is an Oakland, California psychologist and affiliate member of the San Francisco Psychoanalytic Institute and Society. His poetry appears in many journals, and he has received fellowships from the California Arts Council and Bread Loaf Writer's Conference. He has taught on the poetry faculty of the Callaloo Creative Writing Workshops. Rift is his third collection of poems, following Call & Response (1995) and Middle Ear (2000).

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