Richard Greenfield

Richard Greenfield was born in Hemet, California, spent his early childhood in Southern California, and later lived in the Pacific Northwest. He earned a Ph.D. in English from the University of Denver (2005), where he was a Frankel Fellow. He is the author of Tracer (Omnidawn 2009), which was a finalist for the Sawtooth Prize, and A Carnage in the Lovetrees (University of California Press, 2003), which was named a Book Sense Top University Press pick. His work has been anthologised in Joyful Noise: An Anthology of American Spiritual Poetry (Autumn House Press), The Arcadia Project: North American Postmodern Pastoral (Ahsahta Books), and most recently in Privacy Policy: The Anthology of Surveillance Poetics (Black Ocean). His poetry has appeared in journals such as Boston Review, VOLT, Lana Turner, LIT, Five Fingers Review and West Branch. He has published criticism on Anne Carson, Rosmarie Waldrop and Marjorie Welish.

The Session

began with paper arguments, wipe-away lines crossed at the cardinal x of the low table, the surface the oily luster that absorbed the cotton-colored catalog light, began, actually then, with symmetry; the ragged tour entered a hall of empty pedestals, …

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Re Zone

                          Self-hatred coils eventually upon itself-    the warning rattle is without context, separated from the dead snake in the path                  now gone, the rattle snapped off and slid into my pocket, inutile to the fang; two years               living on a road …

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