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Callings by Carl Dennis.. Purists will argue poetry is not fiction, and while I'll cede the point, the same process of seeking and revealing Truth and Beauty is at work in this stunning collection by one of our lesser known national treasures.

Joel Gardner, LitSnap Editor

"Callings is a book that explores the occupations of poetry—the collection can be read as poetry’s résumé brought to life in voice and narrative. The poems work towards a unified goal—to inspire hope for a better world. This collection takes on the colossal task of winning our trust—to make us believe that we have a soul whose calling is to grow in character through acts of labor. In its optimism, Callings is the bravest work of art I’ve experienced in a long while, and for this I highly recommend reading it.."

Connotation Press

"Nobody, so far as I know, calls Carl Dennis a great innovator, and I would not trust anybody who did. Insofar as he has distinctive gifts—and he certainly does—they are gifts firmly opposed to great innovation, to major endeavors of any sort. It is in the minor efforts, the daily or weekly rewards and tasks that make up most of any life, that Dennis finds his métier. He was, and remains at the age of seventy-one, a poet of what we are pleased to call Middle America, of a circumscribed middle class in mid-sized towns, of self-control, long-range planning, and middle age.."

The New Republic

Author bio: Dennis attended Oberlin College and the University of Chicago before receiving his bachelor's degree from the University of Minnesota in 1961. In 1966, Dennis received his Ph.D. in English literature from the University of California, Berkeley. That same year he became an assistant professor of English at University at Buffalo, where he has spent most of his career; in 2002, he became an artist-in-residence there. Dennis has also served on the faculty of the graduate program at Warren Wilson College. Dennis has received several prizes for his poetry in addition to the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry, including a Fellowship at the Rockefeller Study Center in Bellagio, Italy, a Guggenheim Fellowship (1984), a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship in Poetry (1988), and the Ruth Lilly Poetry Prize (2000). More information can be found here:

Book Details: Fiction Other; 75 pp. Miraculous: Kindle/Print editions

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