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James Haug

Publication date: March 3, 2018

FIELD Poetry Series

2018 • 80 pp. 6 x 9"

$16.95 Paperback, 978-0-9973355-2-1

Winner of the 2017 FIELD Poetry Prize

Oberlin College Press has always championed the prose poem, publishing such stellar examples as Russell Edson’s The Tunnel, Beckian Fritz Goldberg’s Egypt from Space, and Jeffrey Jeffrey Skinner's 2016 prize-winner Chance Divine. James Haug’s Riverain is a masterful addition to that list. From the deadpan pastoral of “Cows Are a Good Idea” to quizzical fables like “Silent River,” this collection is mysterious, hilarious, and utterly unpredictable.

Pulitzer Prize–winning poet James Tate described Haug’s previous collection as “marvelous poems, ones that help us see what might have been or could have been, in a world full of light.” These new prose poems are equally revelatory, illuminating the natural world, contemporary culture, and New England metaphysics in witty and heartbreaking ways.

JAMES HAUG’s previous poetry collections include Legend of the Recent Past, Walking Liberty, and The Stolen Car. He is a visiting lecturer in the MFA Program for Poets and Writers at the University of Massachusetts–Amherst, and serves as an editor for UMass Press’s Juniper Poetry Prize.

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