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Henry Carlile

Carnegie Mellon Poetry Series

Carnegie Mellon
2013 • 72 pp. 5 1/2 x 8 1/2"

$15.95 Paperback, 978-0-88748-560-2

A collection of poems by Henry Carlile

Henry Carlile’s fourth book of poems is deeply connected though not confined to the Pacific Northwest. The poems in Oregon range from haiku to near epic, a single mother’s efforts to provide during the end of the Great Depression and World War II, a favorite uncle killed in the Ardennes, friends lost, a dog both real and mythic that appears and reappears as a four-legged muse, and a fisherman’s love of the natural world—often cruel and unforgiving, imperiled by practices that threaten its extinction. Oregon’s clear, compelling language comes from lived experience, a keen understanding of how language and memory deceive and redeem us.

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“Over the years Henry Carlile’s books have given readers the pleasure that only first-rate poetry offers, and that pleasure continues with Oregon.”—Vern Rutsala

Born in San Francisco, HENRY CARLILE has lived and worked most of his life in the Pacific Northwest. From 1967 until his retirement in 2003 he taught at Portland State University. His poetry has received numerous grants and awards including the Devins Award, Pushcart Prizes, and grants from the National Foundation for the Arts, Ingram Merrill Foundation, and Oregon Arts Commission. His previous works include The Rough-Hewn Table, Running Lights, and Rain. He lives with his wife in Portland, Oregon.