Charles Fort is a visiting professor in creative writing at Oklahoma State University. His books include The Town Clock Burning (Carnegie Mellon University Press), Mrs. Belladonna’s Supper Club Waltz: New and Selected Prose Poems (Backwaters Press), Darvil (St. Andrews Press), and Frankenstein Was A Negro (Loganhouse Press). Fort’s poems have appeared in journals, periodicals, and anthologies such as The Best American Poetry 2003, The Best American Poetry 2000, Best of Prose Poem International, The American Poetry Review, Georgia Review, and The Carnegie Mellon Anthology of Poetry. He has received a literary award from the Poetry Society of America, an Open Voice Award from The Writer’s Voice (judged by Grace Paley), the Randall Jarrell Poetry Prize (judged by Fred Chappell), and The Mary Carolyn Davis Memorial Award. A past MacDowell fellow, Fort is currently at work on a novel: The Last Black Hippie From Connecticut.
We Did Not Fear the Father: New and Selected Poems
Publication Date: March 1, 2012
We Did Not Fear the Father: New and Selected Poems contains the best of forty years of Charles Fort. Ranging easily through a dizzying array of forms–sonnets, villanelles, prose poems, sestinas, elegies, blank verse, haiku, and modular poems, for starters–Charles Fort here demonstrates, unequivocally, that he is a master of his craft. By turns surreal, tender, terrifying, absurd, and soulful, Fort’s work churns with passionate, forceful expression. Fort owns the masters.