"This passionate, failed-love story is all the
more moving for what's unsaid."
"Roger Craik's poems combine an intense lyric voice with a
compelling narrative ... drawing us from poem to extraordinary
"... the wit, the lapidary line, the effortless control of
Larkin, with a tenderness and vulnerability Larkin never permitted
“… these emotionally wrought poems put one in mind of W. D.
Snodgrass’s earlier work, but with a language and angle of vision
that are entirely Craik’s own.”
Roger Craik, Associate Professor of English at Kent State
University Ashtabula, has written three full-length poetry books
– I Simply Stared (2002), Rhinoceros in Clumber Park (2003) and
The Darkening Green (2004), and his poetry has appeared in
several national poetry journals, including “The Formalist,”
“The Literary Review,” and, most recently, “Fulcrum.”
|English by birth and educated at
the universities of Reading and Southampton, Craik has worked as
a journalist, TV critic and chess columnist. Before coming to
the USA in 1991, he worked in Turkish universities and was
awarded a Beineke Fellowship to Yale in 1990. He is widely
traveled, having visited North Yemen, Egypt, Tibet, Nepal,
Japan, and, most recently, Bulgaria, where he taught during the
spring of 2007 on a Fulbright Scholarship.
Poetry is his
passion: he writes for at least an hour, over coffee, each
morning before breakfast, and he enjoys watching the birds
during all the seasons.