Biography of Dan Chiasson
Dan Chiasson (born 1971, in Burlington, Vermont) is an American poet and critic. His name is pronounced "chase-in."
He graduated summa cum laude from Amherst College (1993), and Harvard University, with a Ph.D in English.
He is currently an associate professor at Wellesley College. He lives in Wellesley, Massachusetts.
He is the poetry critic for The New Yorker, as well as a regular contributor to The New York Review of Books. He is advisory editor of the Paris Review.His poems have been translated into German by Jan Wagner, the selected poems have been published as "Naturgeschichte" at luxbooks, a publishing house focused on American poetry in bilingual editions.
He is on the editorial board of the literary magazine The Common, based at Amherst College.
Honors and awards:
2008 Guggenheim Fellowship for poetry
2004 Whiting Writers' Award
Find some other reason to sway, forest;
old people get bent over
from vitamin deficiencies; trees,
take them as your inspiration.
For I have neither time nor energy
any longer to write poems, to make feeling
out of what, without me, is silent;
I find your standing there disgusting.
And you, reader, I see you nod your head,