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Best Local Poet St. Louis 2008 - Richard Newman

There's poetry in basketball, sure, but most people find it in the arc of a perfect free throw, not in a game of H-O-R-S-E. Those same people also don't find much poetry in mowing the lawn. Or in digging coins out of their pockets to pay the lip-pierced cashier at the convenience store. But these are the raw materials Richard Newman uses to craft his poetry, which, in a few clean lines, captures an entire world, full of complexity and absurdity and sadness. Newman has published four chapbooks and one full-length collection, most recently 24 Tall Boys: Dark Verse for Light Times, which came out last fall. He also edits River Styx, St. Louis' oldest literary magazine, and runs a monthly reading series at Duff's Restaurant. He plays basketball and drinks beer in the back yard and then he writes about it, because for Newman, real life and poetry are never far apart.

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Scott Berman
Scott Berman

Robert Frost ain't got nothing on this guy!

Julia Gordon-Bramer
Julia Gordon-Bramer

My best pal at work is Richard,the funniest poet St. Louis has heard.His time's spent betwixtschool and River Styx,and metering the utmost absurd.

I know. I won't quit my day job.

Juliane Dharna
Juliane Dharna

Yay, Richard! I'm so happy for you. Congratulations! --Juliane


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