Forrest Gander (born 1956) is an American poet, translator, essayist, and novelist. The A.K. Seaver Professor Emeritus of Literary Arts & Comparative Literature at Brown University, Gander won the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry in 2019 for Be With and is chancellor of the Academy of American Poets and a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. His new collection Twice Alive came out in May this year at New Directions.
It was William Carlos Williams who once said, “It is difficult to get the news from poems, yet men die miserably every day for lack of what is found there.” This feels ever more relevant in this time of thwarted and contradicting sets of news. The poetry in this edition of “Verseville” fulfils its aims not by claiming political truth, but by looking for personal honesty and integrity. Ranging from first nation authors to those who had to leave their homeland, with various personal journeys and deliberations in between, it is essentially a quest for a shelter in words and truthfulness that is vocal even its understatedness or quietude.
Editor, Issue XXXII, August 2021