Biography of Jeffery Conway
Originally from Southern California, Jeffery Conway has lived in New York City since 1989. He is the author of the critically acclaimed Phoebe 2002: An Essay In Verse (Turtle Point Press,2003) , a ground-breaking mock epic-a deconstruction of the film All About Eve-which Michael Cunningham calls 'The grandest oddity of recent time, a truly marvelous book, ' as well as Chain Chain Chain (Ignition Press 2000) , both written in collaboration with poets Lynn Crosbie and David Trinidad. His first full-length collection of poems is The Album That Changed My Life (Cold Calm Press,2006) , which collects poems written by Conway between the years 1990-2000 and is a kind of 'New Wave Bildungsroman' charting Conway's journey from disaffected suburban Los Angeles teen of the '80s to enlightened poet in New York s East Village of the '90s. The Album That Changed My Life is a 2007 Lambda Literary Award Finalist.
Jeffery Conway's Works:
Blood Poisoning, Cold Calm Press,1995; Plush, Selected Poems, Coach House Press,1995; Chain Chain Chain, Ignition Press,2000; Phoebe 2002: An Essay in Verse, Turtle Point Press,2003; The Album That Changed My Life, Cold Calm Press,2006
Jeffery Conway Poems
To An Angel
The first time we meet in New York City it will be snowing. No one will stop
I'm sorry, I just blacked-out, misspelled that word, grossed you out with my mouth
Here Among The Leaves
Under a burning maple tree I think of the plastics factory where I worked in my teens: the bright chunks I'd load
Although I was drunk, I saw her apartment had a homey decor.
I was telling a story about the pet chicken I had as a kid-Pecky, gray, benign, good egg producer
I was telling a story
about the pet chicken
I had as a kid-Pecky,
gray, benign, good egg producer
in our suburban backyard-
an animal I loved and protected
until my parents' ultimatum:
'Pecky or a pool.'
Through the cackle of the other