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"It was so simple: you came back to me..."

Geoffrey Brock

And Day Brought Back My Night

Atlanta native Geoffrey Brock received an MFA from the University of Florida and a PhD from the University of Pennsylvania. Brock's first poetry collection, Weighing Light (2005), won the New Criterion Poetry Prize. David C. Ward has noted, "Brock's detached investment in his poetic subjects is created through the quiet formalism of his iambs and rhymes." This technique is evident in "And Day Brought Back My Night," which weaves plainspoken language into a precise and innovative sonnet structure. The poem takes its title from the last line of John Milton's "Methought I saw my late espousèd saint," and the two poems share the sonnet's characteristic "turn" in the last two lines. Brock is also widely recognized as a translator: his translation of Cesare Pavese's Disaffections was named one of the Los Angeles Times' Best Books of 2003, and earned the PEN Center USA award for translation. He teaches in the Arkansas Programs in Creative Writing and Translation in Fayetteville, where he lives with his wife and children. This animation was created by Dan Wilkens, and Brock reads.

To read this and other poems by Geoffrey Brock, as well as biographical information about the poet, please visit the Poetry Foundation Web site.