Conway’s spare, imagistic poems concern the implications of eternity: which offers no past or future but rather an ever-present now.
Praise for Rivers of the Driftless Region
Mark Conway's poems shine in the mind like the volatile core of a dream before you squeeze it into chronology. They can illuminate the perpetual present of childhood, the savage present of our long crisis, geological time, and what lies beyond time. The work burns with spiritual urgency—'to see as if the light/ went right through you.' Visions are hard-won, the voice is intimate, and there's no hierarchy between the funky and the numinous. Lines like flames evoke the nakedness of the self in a world where love is real and hard. There's true wildness and fierce originality in rivers of the driftless region."-D. Nurkse
"Reading these poems, I hear the clatter of my own footsteps through cities of hieroglyphs and pinball machines—a paradise run-through with ghosts, whom Conway conjures with grit and grace. Dreaming Man, Face Down hits me in the head and heart with image after stunning image, and the hard true language of love and regret."- Tracy K Smith
Mark Conway is the author of three books of poetry. His poems have appeared in the Academy of American Poets’ Poem-a-Day series, The American Poetry Reviews, Bomb, Harvard Reviews, Kenyon Review On-line, The Paris Review, PBS NewsHour, Ploughshares, and Slate, along with critical essays in the Oxford Encyclopedia of American Literature. He has received fellowships from the McKnight Foundation, Jerome Foundation, the Corporation of Yaddo and the MacDowell Colony. He lives north of the driftless region in the Avon hills of Minnesota.
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