Michael Dumanis

Michael Dumanis
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Michael Dumanis (born January 18, 1976, in Moscow, Russia) is an American poet, professor, and editor of poetry.


Dumanis’s first collection of poetry, My Soviet Union (University of Massachusetts Press, 2007), won the 2006 Juniper Prize for Poetry. Other works have appeared in literary journals, including Denver Quarterly, H.O.W. Journal, New England Review, Pleiades, "Ploughshares", Post Road, and Prairie Schooner.

Along with poet Cate Marvin, Dumanis coedited the anthology Legitimate Dangers: American Poets of the New Century (Sarabande Books, 2006). He also served as the Section Editor for the poetries of Bulgaria, Czech Republic, ... more »

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Joseph Cornell, With Box

World harbors much I'd like to fit inside
that the parameters preclude me from.

I'm the desire to have had a say.
I'm the desire to be left alone

amid brochures for Europe's best hotels
behind a locked door on Utopia Parkway,

where Brother, crippled, rides his chariot,
where Mother's all dressed up and going nowhere.

Together, sotto voce, we count hours,
fuss over newsprint, water down the wine.

When I was shorter, we were all divine.
When I was shorter, I was infinite

and felt less fear of being understood.
I am the fear of being ...

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