Parasol: Poems 1977--2007

In language at once bracingly direct and lyrical, these poems, which roam from the freest of free verse to traditional forms, fuse the creative heart and the keen critical intellect in a way reminiscent of D.H. Lawrence and Stanley Kunitz. Their themes range from the personal to the global. Classical motifs merge with modern mayhem, and the results are revelatory. More

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About Hal Steven Shows

Florida poet and musician Hal Shows is a State of Florida Individual Artist Fellow and a member of the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences. A chapbook of his poems, A Breath for Nothing, appeared from the Anhinga Press in 1977. With the band Persian Gulf he released Changing the Weather (1984), Persian Gulf: the Movie (1986), and Trailer (1987). Subsequent solo productions include Birthday Suit (1990), Lifeboat (1995), Whitman’s Sampler (2000), Native Dancer (2003), and Treasure of Love, (2012). Parasol, his first full-length volume of poems, was published in 2007. A book of essays and incidental prose, The Bandshell Project, was published late in 2014, and a new recording project is in the works. He teaches English and Literature at Keiser University, in Tallahassee, Florida.

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