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David Koehn

May Sarton New Hampshire Prize Winner for Poetry

2014 • 98 pp. 6 x 9"

$16.50 Paperback, 978-0-87233-177-8

The 2013 May Sarton New Hampshire Prize Winner for Poetry

Winner of the 2013 May Sarton New Hampshire Poetry Prize, Twine is David Koehn’s first full-length book of poetry. Poet and contest judge Jeff Friedman described Koehn’s collection as consistently evocative, and said it displayed a poetic imagination that transforms its subject matter. Reading each poem is like embarking on a journey.

Reviews / Endorsements

“A shadow of light passes through the room like a shark,” writes David Koehn in this marvelous debut. “In taut, fine-spun lines, these poems move through space with insight and verve.”—Arthur Sze, author of The Gingko Light

“A length of twine is a binding of difference—of distinct filaments brought together to achieve in unison what none would have the strength to do alone; so, too, is this collection a cunning braiding together of diverse formal allegiances and wide variants of subject matter, which achieve together a manifold expression of what it means to both suffer and relish our complex human condition. Expect no reconciliation of diversities here—Koehn’s poems offer a reality that is wide awake to its dream, a quotidian that is slyly alert to its “rules for dealing with infinity reappearing.” Read this collection’s brilliantly keyed dissonances, its lyric dexterities, and find so much of what inexplicably binds us, for good and ill, the differences that we share, as if entwined, “as if a part of each of us has always belonged to others.”—Rusty Morrison, author of After Urgency


Winner of the May Sarton New Hampshire Prize for Poetry (2013)

DAVID KOEHN has been published in a wide range of journals including The Bitter Oleander, Chain, Diner, Artful Dodge, Painted Bride, Poems and Plays, Permafrost, Aethlon, Calapooya, Birmingham Poetry Review, Wisconsin Review, West Wind Review, Southern Indiana Review, Confluence, Oxford Magazine, Whiskey Island, Snake Nation, Cutbank, Apalachee Quarterly, New Millennium Writings, Euphony, Waterways, Alaska Quarterly, The New England Review, The New York Quarterly, and VOLT. Before winning the 2013 May Sarton New Hampshire Poetry Prize, he won the Midnight Sun Chapbook Contest, held by Permafrost of the University of Alaska, Fairbanks, for his chapbook, Coil. David has an MFA from the University of Florida, a BA in Professional and Creative Writing from Carnegie Mellon, an M.Ed. (equiv.) from the University of Alaska, and was a Breadloaf Rural Teacher Fellow at Middlebury College’s Breadloaf School of English.

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