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Feb. 23, 2006

Poet Yakich, Selected By Galvin For National Poetry Series, Reads March 7

Poet Mark Yakich, whose first book was selected for the National Poetry Series by University of Iowa Writers' Workshop faculty member James Galvin, will read at 7 p.m. Tuesday, March 7, in the Prairie Lights bookstore at 15 S. Dubuque St. in downtown Iowa City.

That book is "Unrelated Individuals Forming a Group Waiting to Cross." On March 7 Yakich will read from his new book, "The Making of Collateral Beauty."

Galvin wrote of the debut, "Mark Yakich is an original. . . . In the unabashedly unwieldy title and in each poem, there are no borders drawn between the commonplace and the metaphysical. There are journeys, crossings, and departures -- all evocative of the loneliness, alienation, and desire for identity with another (person or place), which, formalized, makes this work recognizable as art of a very high order."

The new volume has been described as "both companion to and descendant" to that book: Each piece in "The Marking of Collateral Beauty" shares a title with a poem in the first book, and tells the story behind its making -- and makes fun of the idea that all poems and stories are derived from the writer's actual life.

Yakich has worked in the European Parliament in Brussels and has degrees in political science, West European studies and poetry. He is an assistant professor of English at Central Michigan University in Mount Pleasant.

The Writers' Workshop is an academic unit of the UI College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.

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