An acclaimed poet, essayist, anthologist, BBC commentator, and critic, Dana Gioia is the author of three books of poems, the pioneering essay collection Can Poetry Matter?, and Nosferatu, a libretto. He was recently nominated to be Chairman of the National Endowment for the Arts and lives in Santa Rosa, California, with his family.
"[Gioia's] third book of poetry is achingly good . . . Don't take my word for it: Read the book." --The Philadelphia Inquirer "[Gioia's] rhymes are true, his meters are correct and musical, his diction is fresh--he is well on the way to becoming a classic poet himself." --Ray Olson, Booklist "Gioia gained prominence during the 1980s as a crusader on behalf of the New Formalists--poets who wrote about everyday lives and losses in determinedly accessible, traditional modes and metres . . . His real gift is for light verse; "Elegy with Surrealist Proverbs as Refrain" has a seriocomic interest beyond its absurdly reduced subjects (Andre Breton, Apollinaire, and others), and the songs from Gioia's libretto Nosferatu stand out for their verve." --Publishers Weekly