American author Alfred Corn has published ten books of poems, including Stake: Selected Poems, 1972-1992 (1999) and, most recently, Unions (2014). He has also published a novel, Part of His Story, a study of prosody The Poem’s Heartbeat, and two collections of critical essays, The Metamorphoses of Metaphor and Atlas: Selected Essays, 1989-2007. His second novel, Miranda’s Book, will be published in late 2014.
As a graduate student in French literature, he received a Fulbright Fellowship to study for a year in Paris. For his poetry, he has received Guggenheim, NEA, and NYFA fellowships, an Award in Literature from the Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters, a fellowship from the Academy of American Poets, and the Dillon, Blumenthal, and Levinson Prizes from Poetry magazine.
For many years he taught in the Graduate Writing Program at Columbia University and held visiting posts at UCLA, the University of Cincinnati, the University of Tulsa, Oklahoma State, and Yale.
His book reviews have appeared in the New York Times Book Review, the Nation, the New Republic, the Hudson Review, and Poetry London. He also writes art criticism for Art in America and ARTnews magazines.
In 2001 Abrams published Aaron Rose Photographs, for which he supplied the introduction. In 2003 he was a fellow of the Rockefeller Study and Conference Center at Bellagio, Lake Como, and for 2004-2005, he held the Amy Clampitt residency in Lenox, Massachusetts. From 2005 to 2011 he lived mostly in London, teaching a course for the Poetry School, and one for the Arvon Foundation. His play, Lowell’s Bedlam, premiered at Pentameters Theatre in London in 2011. In 2012, he was a Visiting Fellow at Clare Hall, University of Cambridge, working on a translation of the Duino Elegies, and in 2013 Clare Hall made him a Life Fellow. In 2014 he won the international Andersen Prize, awarded for a fairy tale, by the Comune di Sestri Levante in Italy.
Corn lives in Rhode Island and spends part of every year in the UK.
Poems By ALFRED CORN
More poems by Alfred Corn (37 poems)
- And Then I Saw
- Chinese Porcelains at the Metropolitan
- Darkening Hotel Room
- Fifty-Seventh Street and Fifth
- Fire: The People
- From Notes from a Child of Paradise
- Infernal Regions and the Invisible Girl
- Infinity Effect at the Hôtel Soubise
- Nine to Five
- Orlando Furioso: Sicilian Puppet Theater
- Parable at a Roman Fountain
- Photographs of Old New York
- Prime Minister in Retirement
- Short Story: A Covenant
- Some New Ruins
- Spring and Summer
- Sugar Cane
- Summer Vertigo
- Sunday Mornings in Harlem
- The Author of Torah
- The Chi-Rho Page from the Book of Kells
- The Jaunt
Articles By ALFRED CORN
- Finders, Keepers
May Swenson: Collected Poems, edited by Langdon Hammer
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