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Susan Wood

1946- , Pittsburgh , PA , United States
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Susan Wood

On May 31, 1946, Susan Wood was born in Commerce, Texas. She received her BA from East Texas State University and her MA from University of Texas, Arlington, before continuing her graduate studies at Rice University.

Wood, who has taught high school and worked as a newspaper and magazine editor, is the author of three books of poems, Asunder (Penguin, 2001); Campo Santo (1991), which was the 1991 Lamont Poetry Selection; and Bazaar (1980). She received the Guggenheim Fellowship for poetry in 1998.

She is an associate professor of English at Rice University.

by this poet

A parrot of irritation sits
on my shoulder, pecks
at my head, ruffling his feathers
in my ear. He repeats
everything I say, like a child
trying to irritate the parent.
Too much to do today: the dracena
that's outgrown its pot, a mountain
of bills to pay and nothing in the house
to eat. Too many clothes need