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Campbell McGrath recently released “Nouns & Verbs: New and Selected Poems”, bringing together 35 years of writing from the beloved poet.

A Creative Writing professor in the Department of English for over 20 years, Mcgrath is a Guggenheim Fellow, Pushcart Prize winner and the author of nine full-length collections, among many other accomplishments.

The Pulitzer Prize Finalist makes America his primary poetic focus, exploring the tastes and textures of different regions, small town remote outposts and roadside attractions.

According to the New York Times: “McGrath aims to portray contemporary American life as it is, in all its giddy diversity and quotidian trashiness, and he is not unwilling to gently chide other poets for their tendency to ignore the existence of TV game shows, rock music and other phenomena some writers might write off as insufficiently poetic.”

Troy Jollimore dives into what Nouns & Verbs brings to the world of poetry.

This article first appeared in the New York Times on June 11, 2019.