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General Information

Name:  Gabriel Gudding  

Pen Name: None


Audience: Adult; Young Adult;

Born: Anoka, MN

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Biographical and Professional Information

Gabriel teaches critical poetics, ethics, literature and creative writing in the English Studies department at Illinois State University.

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A Defense Of Poetry (Pitt Poetry Series)
ISBN: 0822957868

University of Pittsburgh Press. 2002

Winner of the 2001 Agnes Lynch Starrett Poetry Prize
Runner-up, Society of Midland Authors 2002 Poetry Prize

Gabriel Gudding’s poems not only defend against the pretense and vanity of war, violence, and religion, but also against the vanity of poetry itself. These poems sometimes nestle in the lowest regions of the body, and depict invective, donnybrooks, chase scenes, and the abuse of animals, as well as the indignities and bumblings of the besotted, the lustful, the annoyed, and the stupid.

In short, Gudding seeks to reclaim the lowbrow. Dangerous, edgy, and dark, this is an innovative writer unafraid to attack the unremitting high seriousness of so much poetry, laughing with his readers as he twists the elegiac lyric "I" into a pompous little clown.

Rhode Island Notebook
ISBN: 1564784797

Dalkey Archive Press. 2007

Not since On the Road has a book been more thoroughly of the road. Unlike Kerouac's novel, however, this book was literally written on the road in Gudding's own car, on pad and paper while driving. Rhode Island Notebook is the handwritten account of one driver's journey to happiness in the face of grief. This book-length poem chronicles the break-up of a family and the separation of a father and daughter, while at the same time recording the rise of jingoism in the United States in the moments before and during the invasion of Iraq.


Winner of 2 national awards

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