Randall Mann

(Provo, Utah)

Biography of Randall Mann

Randall Mann poet

Randall Mann is an American poet. He was born in Provo, Utah in 1972, the only son to Olympic Track and Field medalist, Ralph Mann. He is the author of Breakfast with Thom Gunn (University of Chicago, 2009), Complaint in the Garden (Zoo Press, 2004), winner of the 2003 Kenyon Review Prize in Poetry, and co-author of the textbook Writing Poems (7th ed. Pearson Longman, 2007). His poetry often describes Florida, San Francisco and contemporary gay life. Mann currently lives in San Francisco, California.

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This is what he dreams of:
a map of burned land,
a mound of dirt
in the early century's winter.

A map of burned land?
A country is razed
in the early century's winter.
And God descends.

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