Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Twenty-Five Years of Poetry

It is hard to believe, but I've been writing poetry for over thirty years now. During that time, I have been fortunate enough to have a number of poems published in magazines (for which I am very grateful).

I have also assembled several book-length manuscripts. Unfortunately, my efforts to get a book published have not met with success... Until recently.

My most recent manuscript has been accepted and will be published by the University of Arkansas Press in the Spring of 2016.  I want to thank the staff at the Press and Billy Collins — the series editor who selected the book — for their faith and interest in my manuscript.

In the meantime, I've decided to make some of my earlier work available online:

  • A collaboration with friend and fellow poet, Bill Evans: Rilke's Elegies (1985)
  • A short chapbook of poems:  Catalog (2007) 

There is no definition that can encompass all that poetry is or can be. But if my work can instill in you, as reader, even a fraction of what poetry has meant to me over the years, I will feel that I have succeeded.



Andrew Gent said...

I have removed the links to my earlier manuscripts for now. The collaboration with Bill Evans is still available. And I encourage everyone to read Bill's book, Modern Adventures which is available from bookstores, including amazon.

Trinath Gaduparthi said...

Thanks Andrew for sharing so much of poetry on your blog. Congratulations for your award from the University of Arkansas press. Will read the manuscripts that are made available as well as buy your book when it is available in the press.

Andrew Gent said...

I have added a link to a chapbook of poems, Catalog, written around 2007 for those interested in what my poetry is like. These poems were written shortly before the manuscript that will be published by the University of Arkansas Press next Spring.