Biography of Eric Torgersen
Eric Torgersen has published poetry, fiction, essays and a full-length study of Rainer Maria Rilke and Paula Modersohn-Becker. He also translates German poetry, especially that of Rainer Maria Rilke and Nicolas Born. He was born in Huntington, New York. He has a BA in German Literature from Cornell University; after two years in the Peace Corps in Ethiopia, he earned an MFA in poetry from the University of Iowa. He retired in the spring of 2008 after 38 years of teaching writing at Central Michigan University. He lives in Mt. Pleasant, Michigan with his wife, the quilt artist Ann Kowaleski. His next book of poems, Heart. Wood., will be published in 2012 by Word Press.
Eric Torgersen's Works:
The Man Who Loved Rilke, a novella from March Street Press, 2008
Inside Unity House: The John-Paul Story
Dear Friend: Rainer Maria and Paula Modersohn-Becker
Good True Stories, Lynx House Press, is the most recent full-length collection of poems
The Door to the Moon, March Street Press, is a chapbook of short poems
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- New Leaves
- The Story Of White Man Leading Viet Cong...
- Re: That
- Chanson Américaine
- Open Stage Poetry Reading
- A Vacation
- When They Draw Us
- An Apple from Walt Whitman
- Already Dead
- I've Come to be One who Cries
- First Shot
I said I was hunting deer. I knew the trails, the split tracks and pellets of shit; circles
where they bedded down together. I faced a buck once, for almost ten minutes I think;
I moved first and it left me. I ran home to think.
I had a bow, target arrows, a target on straw. My father said be careful, and I was, but
I sneaked my bow and arrow to the woods. I surprised a tiny rabbit near a hole. It
froze. I had an arrow on it. I moved and it ran for the hole. I never shot.