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Featured Poet
SHJ Issue 2
Fall 2010

Lurid Confessions by Steve Kowit
[New edition now available]

Note from the Editors:

Steve Kowit is also Featured Poet in SHJ-12, and that issue features several poems from this book. Portfolio Two: Ten Poems from Lurid Confessions


World-class award-winning poet, teacher, and activist Steve Kowit is “a major figure in poetry in America today,” as SHJ founding editor, Duff Brenna, says. “He is also the best lecturer and commentator on the craft of creative writing that I’ve ever seen in action.”

Kowit is the author of several poetry collections, including The Dumbbell Nebula, The Gods of Rapture: Poems in the Erotic Mood, and The First Noble Truth, as well as one of America’s most popular books on writing poetry, In the Palm of Your Hand: The Poet’s Portable Workshop.

Lurid Confessions, Kowit’s first full-length poetry collection, had two printings with Carpenter Press, one in 1983 and the other in 1984, but has been out of print ever since—until now.

“It’s been our loss not to have access to the wit and insights of so many excellent poems,” said the editors at Serving House Books. They are proud to publish a new soft-cover edition of Kowit’s Lurid Confessions, released in July 2010.

Read a trio of poems from the book...

“Treat yourself,” says Brenna, “take a look and be prepared to shake your head in wonder. Kowit is brilliant, but he also has a UNIQUE sense of humor that will have you rolling with laughter.”

“...we have been born here to witness and celebrate. We wonder at our purpose for living. Our purpose
is to perceive the fantastic. Why have a universe if there is no audience?” — Ray Bradbury