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Many poets now write in rhyme and meter, but few use the techniques well. Poochigian's verse technique is formidable, and he has the good sense to employ it with a minimum of bravado. In a real and direct sense, he is an heir to New Formalism, which revived formal metrics without the academic paraphernalia of the postwar professoriate. He studied with David Mason and Timothy Murphy, two significant figures in the revival, and attended the West Chester conferences on form and narrative. Having learned from his elders, however, Poochigian has declined to be their epigone. He has also avoided the general risk posed by traditional forms -- sounding generic. He has done what the tradition perpetually demands; he has created his own sound above the steady beat of the old meters -- fast --paced, eclectic, and decisive. --Dana Gioia

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American Divine displays the sweeping vision of a Walt Whitman, the knack for narrative of a Robert Frost, and the genius for prosody of a James Merrill. --Mike Juster

Aaron Poochigian writes like leashed lightning. His passion and speed, his ferocity and heartbreak, are the lightning; his infallible sense of form, tempered by wit, is the leash. As the lightning sizzles and strikes, the leash (block that metaphor!) strains but holds taut, perhaps especially in his wonderful sonnets.
American Divine encompasses anthropology, urban pastoral, road trip saga, lover's lament, and more. But as this book slides between modes, it never stops singing, because American Divine is above all a stunningly sustained collection of poems. --Rachel Hadas

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Aaron Poochigian earned a PhD in Classics from the University of Minnesota and an MFA in Poetry from Columbia University. His first book of poetry, The Cosmic Purr (Able Muse Press), was published in 2012, and his second book Manhattanite, which won the Able Muse Poetry Prize, came out in 2017. His thriller in verse, Mr. Either/Or, was released by Etruscan Press in the fall of 2017. His work has appeared in such publications as Best American Poetry, The Paris Review, and Poetry.

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  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ University of Evansville Press; First edition (March 20, 2021)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • Unknown Binding ‏ : ‎ 78 pages
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 0930982797
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-0930982799
  • Item Weight ‏ : ‎ 2.89 ounces
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