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The Moe Green Poetry Poetry Discussion hosted Rafael F J Alvarado & Brett-Candace

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Join Rafael and Brett-Candace as they talk to Maryland Poets Laureate Stanley Plumly Stanley Plumly was born in Barnesville, Ohio, and grew up in the lumber and farming regions of Virginia and Ohio. His father was a lumberjack and welder. He was educated at Wilmington College, a Quaker school in Ohio, and Ohio University. In 1985 he married the poet Deborah Digges . He is a professor of English at the University of Maryland. His first collection, In the Outer Dark (Baton Rouge, La., 1970 ), won the Delmore Schwartz Memorial Award; his third, Out-of-the-Body-Travel (New York, 1978 ), was nominated for the National Book Critics Circle Award. For his Keatsian eye to nature, Plumly has been called the most English of American poets, and his quiet poems are unmistakable. His more autobiographical work, often depicting a working-class rural childhood, suggests that he may have inherited the mantle of James Wright , his fellow Ohioan. One is more astonished, however, by the garden found there than by the resolute bleakness of the life. Plumly writes compact, descriptive lyrics and more prosaic narrative poems. Both types are rooted in nature and both assert themselves melodically. In his earlier books Plumly used his mother and father as dual-axes for his poetry, but with time the machinery has enlarged, rotating history, family, and nature. In addition to the two volumes named earlier, Plumly has published three collections of poetry: Giraffe (Baton Rouge, 1973 ), Summer Celestial (New York, 1983 ), and Boy on the Step (New York, 1989 ). He has also written The Abrupt Edge (New York, 1993 ), a book of personal and critical essays.