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Starkey's Book of States
by David Starkey
Price: $9.95
ISBN: 1-886420-21-1

Inspired by a 1961 children's geography primer, The Arrow Book of States, Starkey's Book of States was conceived in response as a contemporary poetic atlas. Written over the course of several years, the collection includes fifty poems evoking the landscape or mood of each of the fifty states. In poetry which is by turns wistful and sardonic, comic and bleak, Starkey sketches a map of America more accurate than that of any cartographer. 

Listen to David Starkey reading his poem entitled A Short History of a Woman With a Tatooed Scalp in MP3 format. (680K)

About the Author

David Starkey received his degrees from UC Davis, UCLA and Louisiana State University. He has been awarded two Academy of American Poets College/University Awards, a Fulbright Scholarship and an NEH grant, and his work has been nominated four times for Pushcart Prizes. After teaching creative writing for several years at Francis Marion University in South Carolina, where he also directed the Francis Marion Writers' Conference, Starkey recently moved to suburban Chicago. Currently he is assistant professor of English at North Central College in Naperville. David Starkey has read his poetry throughout Great Britain and the United States, and more than 200 of his poems appear in several anthologies and in a number of prominent literary journals, including Alaska Quarterly Review, The American Scholar, The Beloit Poetry Journal, Boston Literary Review, The Chariton Review, Cimarron Review, Cutbank, Folio, Greensboro Review, Hampden-Sydney Poetry Review, Hawaii Review, High Plains Literary Review, Hollins Critic, Kansas Quarterly, Laurel Review, Oxford Magazine, Poem, Poet Lore, Puerto Del Sol, South Carolina Review, Tar River Poetry, Wormwood Review, and Writers' Forum

In addition, Starkey has published one full-length collection of poetry--Koan Americana (1992)--as well as several chapbooks--A Year with Gayle, and Others (1993), Runaway Spoon Press; Adventures of The Minor Poet (1994), I*D Books;  I Will Not Do Anything Stupid Again (1995); and Open Mike Night at the Cabaret Voltaire (1996), Kings Estate Press.

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