Author: Charles Bachman
ISBN 978-1-62137-577-7 (softcover)
ISBN 978-1-62137-578-4 (eBook)
In his sixth book of poems, Charles Bachman, with an imagination that knows no limits and sharp eloquence of language, presents a fascinating variety, including more memories of his Iowa childhood, nature in its menacing and its beneficent aspects, as well as wildly experimental graphic effects and continued word inventions a la Lewis Carroll's Jabberwocky. The mixed comedic/serious tone of the title indicates the overall tomes of the book: whimsical and surrealistically farcical, serious and respectful, sensitive and gritty in facing whatever comes along. With each new volume, his stylistic control becomes more adept--whether it takes the form of a George Hebert-structured metaphysical poem, or of much freer verse. Part of his strength as a poet is that he really "goes his own way," not following any poetic fashions or trends.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Charles Bachman holds a Ph.D. in Comparative Literature from Indiana University, and is Professor Emeritus of Buffalo Stat College where for twenty-five years he taught the course in Native American Literature. In 2010, he was awarded the college President's Award for Excellence in the Advancement of Equity and Campus Diversity. His poetry has appeared in various journals including House Organ, Hazmat Review, The Carolina Quarterly, Kansas Quarterly, and Autumn Leaves. His articles have appeared in The German Quarterly and Modern Drama. For twenty-five years he had a second active career as an operatic baritone, singing twenty-six major roles as well as numerous concert/recital performances. With his wife, pianist/voice teacher, Nancy Townsend, he loves adventures in nature--gardening, and hiking and climbing in the Adirondacks and elsewhere.
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