Academic journal article The Midwest Quarterly

Denise Low: Poet Laureate of Kansas: 2007-2009

Academic journal article The Midwest Quarterly

Denise Low: Poet Laureate of Kansas: 2007-2009

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On July 1, 2007, Denise Low will begin her two-year term as the second Poet Laureate of Kansas.

What Stephen Meats, Poetry Editor of The Midwest Quarterly, said of the sequence of poems, "Learning the Language of Rivers," which first appeared in this journal, can aptly be said of nearly all of her work: Denise Low's poetry "ties together the cycles of geologic time, human history, the changing seasons, the individual life, and the sweep of time into the future.... Everyone who has been nourished by the soil and water of the Great Plains owes Denise Low a debt for giving voice so brilliantly to the kinship we all feel for this country."

Dr. Low's latest book, Words of a Prairie Alchemist, essays, is from Ice Cube Press (2006). Jonathan Holden, Kansas's first Poet Laureate, had this to say about her book: "One of the best and the most important poets of Kansas has always been Denise Low. Both the quality of Denise Low's mind and the diversity of her interests are epitomized in her latest book.... It's hard to know where to start in praising this collection; but I'll take a chance: [it] is the equivalent to T.S. Eliot's The Waste Land. First, its form is radical. It's an 'anatomy,' as radical and fundamental as Northrop Frye's famous, virtually encyclopedic classic The Anatomy of Criticism. Prairie Alchemist is a mixed-genre book, containing poems, essays, stories, interviews, and it is both learned and profoundly eclectic. …

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