Craig Blais
November 2015

[image Craig Blais] Craig Blais is the author of About Crows (University of Wisconsin Press, 2013), winner of the Felix Pollak Prize in Poetry and the Florida Book Award. His poems have appeared in Antioch Review, Best New Poets, Hotel Amerika, Poetry Daily, New Orleans Review, The Southern Review, Yale Review, and elsewhere. Recipient of an AWP Intro Journals Award, his work has been named as finalist for the Walt Whitman Award and the National Poetry Series. Craig earned his MFA from Wichita State University and a PhD from Florida State University. He lives in Worcester, Massachusetts, where he is Assistant Professor of English at Anna Maria College.

Statement of Poetics

If there’s a manifesto I subscribe to, it’s Marxist--a single sentence by Groucho Marx: “I don’t want to belong to any club that will accept me as a member.”

Saul Steinberg, the Romanian-born artist and illustrator, supposedly said, “What we respond to in any work of art is the artist’s struggle against his or her limitations.” Those limitations are unique to each poet, and the challenge of finding creative solutions is, for me, what is to create.

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