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Sally Van Doren


Sally Van Doren was born and raised in St. Louis, Missouri. Her first poetry collection, Sex at Noon Taxes, won the 2007 Walt Whitman Award, and the title's palindrome hints at the generous and witty wordplay the volume contains. About her work, August Kleinzahler has said, "There are no dead moments, no fill: even the conjunctions, prepositions and assorted connectives carry a charge. The language is alive. The movement of language is alive." Van Doren's poem "Preposition" twists and revises grammatical roles as it earnestly addresses a relationship, proving that, as Sabne Raznik wrote in a review, "This is a poetry of deep emotional substance even in the midst of play." In addition to having taught creative writing in the St. Louis Public Schools, Van Doren also curates the Sunday Poetry Workshops for the St. Louis Poetry Center. She divides her time between St. Louis and Cornwall, Connecticut. This animation was created by Matteo Garcia, and Van Doren reads.

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