Geoffrey Brock

(1964 / Atlanta, Georgia)

Geoffrey Brock
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Geoffrey Brock (born 1964) is an American poet and translator.
He received a Masters in Fine Arts from the University of Florida in 1998. He also holds a PhD in Comparative Literature from the University of Pennsylvania.
His poems have been published in Poetry Magazine, Paris Review, PN Review, New England Review, The Hudson Review, and The Best American Poetry 2007. He teaches poetry and translation in the graduate creative writing program at the University of Arkansas.
Brock is married to the writer Padma Viswanathan and they have two children.
His translations have received a number of prizes and fellowships, including the Academy of American Poets' Raiziss/de Palchi ... more »

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Bryant Park at Dusk

Floodlights have flared on behind and above
Where I sit in my public chair.
The lawn that had gradually darkened has brightened.
The library windows stare.

I'm alone in a crowd—e pluribus plures.
Far from a family I miss.
I'd almost say I'm lonely, but lonely
Is worse, I recall, than this.

Loneliness is a genuine poverty.
I'm like a man who is flush
But forgot his wallet on the nightstand
When he left for work in a rush,

And now must go without food and coffee

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