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Poems for My Wife and Other Women

Authors: Thomas Krampf

Published by Salmon Poetry

ISBN: 9781903392676

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As the title suggests, these poems seek to delineate the poet's relationship to his wife and other women. Sometimes, the person to whom the poem is dedicated is left unsaid, so it is up to the reader to decide.

There are poems, such as the 'Elasticity of Time', which while exploring the moment of conception, tend to view the woman more in a traditional idealistic role as a muse. Perhaps due to his own genetics, the poet's fascination with Oriental women is evident. And throughout the book there are other poems such as 'Mildred', where the poet shares his grief with a neighbor's daughter, and 'The Vulnerable', which show the dark flickering undertow of another current. There are also poems such as 'Season of the Blackbirds', where the poet humorously lends his ear to the time-honored wisdom of a housekeeper, 'In the spring, men go crazy'. In any case, and in keeping with the tone of an earlier lyric poem, 'The Architecture of Spring', the poet seems deeply inclined to celebrate and honor a successful relation between the sexes, both within the family and out, as one of friendship.

Thomas Krampf has published five books of poems, including Taking Time Out: Poems in Remembrance of Madness (Salmon Poetry, 2004), Shadow Poems (Ischua Books,1997), Satori West (Ischua Books, 1987), and Subway Prayer and Other Poems of the Inner City (Morning Star Press, 1976). He has read his work in many colleges and universities, and on National Public Radio in New York and Buffalo. In 2001 he was awarded a teaching residency at the Linenhall Arts Centre in Castelbar, Ireland, and in 2005 the noted French author, Raymond Bozier, translated his long 'Subway Prayer' poem, with excerpts published in the French literary journal, Place Aux Sens. In 2006 he participated in the "Printemps des Poetes" (Springtime of the Poets) literary festival in La Rochelle, France, with some of the leading poets from France and Iran. He was also one of the first U.S. poets invited to read at the Eden Mills Literary Festival, Ontario, Canada. He currently lives in Hinsdale, New York, with his wife, Francoise. They have three daughters and numerous grandchildren.
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