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March 22, 2006

UI Writers' Workshop Alumnus Joshua Clover Reads On WSUI April 6

Poet Joshua Clover, a graduate of the University of Iowa Writers' Workshop, will read from his new collection, "The Totality for Kids," at 7 p.m. Thursday, April 6, in the Prairie Lights bookstore at 15 S. Dubuque St. in downtown Iowa City. The reading is free and open to the public.

"The Totality for Kids" follows up Clover's Walt Whitman Award-winning debut, "Madonna anno domini." The new volume reflects the troubles of late modernity, from the grandeur and failure of megacities to the retreats and displacements of the suburbs.

Charles Altieri, author of "The Art of Twentieth-Century American Poetry: Modernism and After" praised the book for its "Fierce intelligence, fierce understanding of social issues, and fierce sense of the power of artifice. This is major work, haunted by a sense of totality always present in the formal intricacy and in the roles cities and architecture play."

Judith Butler, author of "Precarious Life: Powers of Mourning and Violence," wrote, "'The Totality for Kids' is a stunning collection that charts the 'the modern and its endnotes,' as voiced in one Clover poem... In this brilliant volume, the fragmented world of a late and lost modernity has its own moving and lucid affect, its forms of aliveness. We encounter here an enormous clarity of language in the service of a poetics that brilliantly queries our historical moment in and as form."

Clover's work has appeared in many literary magazines, including Agni, the American Poetry Review, the Denver Quarterly, the Iowa Review, the Threepenny Review, and ZYZZYVA. His poem "El Periferico, or Sleep" won a Pushcart Prize, and "The map room" was selected by James Tate to appear in "Best American Poetry 1997." Last year he published "The Matrix," which considers the movie as an allegory for turn-of-the-millennium American life and labor.

Clover was a Resident Fellow in Poetry at the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown and received a fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts and a Michenor/Engle Fellowship at the UI. He has taught English and Creative Writing at the UI, Grinnell College, Colorado State University and Indiana University.

He is now a faculty member at the University of California, Davis, and he contributes to the Village Voice and The New York Times.

The Writers' Workshop is a graduate program in the UI College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.

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