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Pattiann Rogers

1940- , Joplin , MO , United States
Pattiann Rogers

In 1940, Pattiann Rogers was born in Joplin, Missouri. She graduated from the University of Missouri in 1961. She received her MA from the University of Houston in 1981.

She has published numerous books of poetry, including Holy Heathen Rhapdosy (Penguin, 2013); Wayfare (Penguin, 2008); Generations (Penguin, 2004); Song of the World Becoming: New and Collected Poems, 1981-2001 (Milkweed Editions, 2001); Firekeeper: New and Selected Poems (Milkweed Editions, 1994); which was a finalist for the Lenore Marshall Poetry Prize; and Eating Bread and Honey (Milkweed Editions, 1997).

She has been the recipient of two NEA grants, a Guggenheim Fellowship, and a Lannan Poetry Fellowship. Her poems have won several prizes, including the Tietjens Prize and the Hokin Prize from Poetry, the Roethke Prize from Poetry Northwest, the Strousse Award twice from Prairie Schooner, three book awards from the Texas Institute of Letters, and four Pushcart Prizes.

She has been a visiting writer at the University of Texas, the University of Montana, and the University of Arkansas, and a member of the faculty of Vermont College and the low residency MFA program in creative writing at Pacific University. The mother of two grown sons, Rogers lives with her husband, a retired geophysicist, in Colorado.




Bibliography

Poetry

Holy Heathen Rhapdosy (Penguin, 2013)
Wayfare (Penguin, 2008)
Generations (Penguin, 2004)
Song of the World Becoming: New and Collected Poems, 1981–2001 (Milkweed Editions, 2001)
A Covenant of Seasons (Hudson Hills Press, 1998)
Eating Bread and Honey (Milkweed Editions, 1997)
Firekeeper: New and Selected Poems (Milkweed Editions, 1994)
Geocentric (Gibbs Smith Publisher, 1993)
Splitting and Binding (Wesleyan University Press, 1989)
Legendary Performance (Ion Books, 1987)
The Tattooed Lady in the Garden (Wesleyan University Press, 1986)
The Expectations of Light (Princeton University Press, 1981)


Prose

The Grand Array: Writing on Nature, Science, and Spirit (Trinity University Press, 2010)
The Dream of the Marsh Wren: Writing as Reciprocal Creation (Milkweed Editions, 1999)

by this poet

poem
This is about no rain in particular,
just any rain, rain sounding on the roof,
any roof, slate or wood, tin or clay
or thatch, any rain among any trees,
rain in soft, soundless accumulation,
gathering rather than falling on the fir
of juniper and cedar, on a lace-community
of cobwebs, rain clicking off the rigid
poem
Those are my bones rifted
and curled, knees to chin,
among the rocks on the beach, 
my hands splayed beneath my skull
in the mud. Those are my rib
bones resting like white sticks
wracked on the bank, laid down,
delivered, rubbed clean
by river and snow.

Ethereal as seedless weeds
in dim sun and frost, I see
my
poem
Elf owl, cactus wren, fruit flies incubating
In the only womb they'll ever recognize.
Shadow for the sand rat, spines
And barbary ribs clenched with green wax.
Seven thousand thorns, each a water slide,
A wooden tongue licking the air dry.

Inside, early morning mist captured intact,
The taste of drizzle sucked