Toucans in the Arctic is an inspired truant from any number of poetical schools. In this lyric case study of tumult and tranquility, the poet, tour pamphlet in hand, wanders through the national park of the psyche, noting surfeits of beauty and ruin as he scrambles across the eerie landscapes of identity and marriage.
“In this long-awaited first collection, Toucans in the Arctic, Scott Coffel writes, ‘When I see a woman at the Cottage Bakery/immersed in Ulysses or The Brothers Karamzov/my desires align themselves in neat rows/for the march into liberated Paris…’ Of wide reference and deep thought, of language taut and somehow new, these are 21st Century poems of joy, rage, erudition, wry humor, monumental tenderness. You will remember the day you discovered this book.”—Suzanne Cleary
2010 —Poetry Society The Norma Farber First Book Award
Scott Coffel currently resides in Iowa City, where he directs the Hanson Center for Technical Communication in The University of Iowa’s College of Engineering. His poems have appeared in Salmagundi, Ploughshares, Paris Review, Antioch Review, The American Scholar, The Missouri Review, The Southern Review, The Wallace Stevens Journal, and elsewhere. He was a MacDowell Colony Fellow for the summer of 2009.
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