Campbell McGrath

(1962 - / Chicago, Illinois)

Campbell McGrath
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Cambell McGrath is a notable modern American poet. He is the author of nine full-length collections of poetry, including his most recent, Seven Notebooks (Ecco Press, 2008), Shannon: A Poem of the Lewis and Clark Expedition (Ecco Press, 2009), and In the Kingdom of the Sea Monkeys (Ecco Press, forthcoming, 2012).

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McGrath was born in Chicago, Illinois, and grew up in Washington, D.C., where he attended Sidwell Friends School; among his classmates was the poet Elizabeth Alexander. He received his B.A. from the University of Chicago in 1984 and his MFA from Columbia University's creative writing program in 1988, where he was classmates with Rick Moody. He currently ... more »

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  • Rookie - 1 Points Barry Bloomberg (1/10/2013 12:53:00 AM)

    Campbell, you have a keen, deep sense of the world; I love your imagery and interwoven flow of wit, irony, and delight in your subjects. Timeless stuff. Do you have more?

  • Rookie - 1 Points Barry Bloomberg (1/10/2013 12:51:00 AM)

    Campbell, you have a keen, deep sense of the world; I love your imagery and interwoven flow of wit, irony, and delight in your subjects. Timeless stuff. Do you have more?

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Hemingway Dines On Boiled Shrimp And Beer

I'm the original two-hearted brawler.
I gnaw the scrawny heads from prawns,
pummel those mute, translucent crustaceans,
wingless hummingbirds, salt-water spawned.
As the Catalonians do, I eat the eyes at once.
My brawny palms flatten their mainstays.
I pop the shells with my thumbs, then crunch.

Just watch me as I swagger and sprawl,
spice-mad and sated, then dabble in lager
before I go strolling for stronger waters
down to Sloppy Joe's.My stride as I stagger
shivers the islands, my fingers troll a thousand keys.
My appetite shakes the rock of the ...

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