Burt Kimmelman, PhD, of Maplewood, a professor in the Department of Humanities at New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT), has published his eighth poetry collection, Gradually the World: New and Selected Poems, 1982-2013 (BlazeVOX, 2013). The poems, which represent his poetic practice as it has evolved over the last three decades, are accompanied by drawings by Basil King.In her pre-publication review of the book, Susan Howe, recent winner of poetry’s prestigious Bollingen Prize, commented that “the specificity of Burt Kimmelman’s poems has, for more than 30 years, been a singularly locating force. It situates us in space, in relation to the luminosity of objects, art, and one another. That every shadow of wonder can stand forth in the most familiar words is the gift this poet offers his readers time and again.”
In addition to his previous seven collections of poems, Kimmelman has published a number of book-length literary studies as well as nearly a hundred articles on medieval, modern or postmodern poetry. He has been the subject of three interviews, which now can be found online: one by Tom Fink published in Jacket magazine (in text form), another by the publisher of this new book (BlazeVOX [books]), and the third a two-part video by George Spencer, who hosts the cable television program Poetry Thin Air.
Kimmelman’s poem “Taking Dinner To My Mother”, which was published in his collection, As If Free (Talisman House, 2009), was selected and read by Garrison Keillor on The Writer’s Almanac, a program heard weeknights on National Public Radio. Keillor recently aired his reading of a poem from the new collection as well, “Old Age Home.” Kimmelman’s work has been praised by many of the major figures of the literary world including, among others, the late critic Alfred Kazin (1915-1998) and poets Robert Creeley (1926-2005), Harvey Shapiro (1924-2013), and William Bronk (1918-1999), as well as contemporary critics and poets such as Jerome Rothenberg and Michael Heller, and the celebrated New Jersey poet and teacher Madeline Tiger.
Kimmelman received a PhD in English Literature from the City University of New York (CUNY) Graduate Center; an MA in English Literature from CUNY’s Hunter College, and a BA in English Literature from the State University of New York at Cortland. More information can be found at BurtKimmelman.com.