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Campbell McGrath

Nights on Planet Earth

Campbell McGrath grew up in Washington, D.C., and received a BA from the University of Chicago and an MFA from Columbia University. His first collection, Capitalism (1990), attracted critical acclaim, and earned him the Kingsley Tufts Poetry Award remarkably early in his career. In a review of McGrath's third collection, Spring Comes to Chicago (1996), David Biespiel described the poet's work as containing "the simultaneous felloship and enmity in America between intuition and reason, humanism and vulgarity, pop and high art, virtue and corruption," and went on to say that McGrath is "the most Swiftian poet of his generation." McGrath's work brims with the possibility of discovery within the poems themselves, as in "Nights on Planet Earth," which is infused with an explorative sense of wonder. McGrath has said of his work, "There are very few things I know; mostly what I know is how ambivalent I feel and how ambiguous everything seems." He currently lives in Miami and teaches creative writing at Florida International University. This animation was created by Shannon Ambrowiak, and McGrath reads.

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