Fred Chappell~ Shadow Box
Posted by: Tea-mahm
I hesitate to write about this poetry book, because I am intimated by its brilliance and inventiveness. But then I want to stand on a soapbox and shout out –Shadow Box! Yes! It’s that good. It’s also rich, deep and chewy as a California coastal mountain Cabernet, so you need to sip and savor it. Admire the color and complexity. Fred Chappell has written embedded poems – a poem within a poem – and made it seem effortless.
Fred Chappell is the author of a dozen other books of verse, including Backsass and Spring Garden; two story collections; and eight novels. A native of Canton in the mountains of western North Carolina, he taught at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro from 1964 to 2004. He is the winner of, among other awards, the Bollingen Prize in Poetry, Aiken Taylor Award, T. S. Eliot Prize, and Roanoke-Chowan Award for Poetry eight times over.
Read the entire review here: http://completeword.wordpress.com/2010/05/16/shadow-box-by-fred-chappell-a-poetry-review/
Find out more about the MFA Writing Program at Greensboro here: http://mfagreensboro.org