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Adam Clay

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Connection to Illinois: Clay taught at the University of Illinois at Springfield.

Biography: Adam Clay is the author of three collections of poems: Stranger, A Hotel Lobby at the Edge of the World, and The Wash. His poems have appeared in Tin House, Ploughshares, Denver Quarterly, Georgia Review, Crazyhorse, Bennington Review, and jubilat, and online at Poetry Daily and the Poem-a-Day project of the Academy of American Poets. He is editor of Mississippi Review, a coeditor of Typo Magazine, and a book review editor for Kenyon Review. He teaches in the Center for Writers at the University of Southern Mississippi.


Primary Literary Genre(s): Poetry

Primary Audience(s): Adult readers


Selected Titles

A Hotel Lobby at the Edge of the World: Poems
ISBN: 1571314415 OCLC: 794493994

Milkweed Editions, Minneapolis : 2012.

The distilled, haunting, and subtly complex poems in Adam Clay's A Hotel Lobby at the Edge of the World often arrive at that moment when solitude slips into separation, when a person suddenly realizes he can barely see the place he set out from however long ago. He now sees he must find his connection back to the present, socially entangled world in which he lives. For Clay, reverie can be a siren's song, luring him to that space in which prisoners will begin to interrogate themselves.. Clay pays attention to the poet's return to the world of his daily life, tracking the subtly shifting teno.

ISBN: 1571314636 OCLC: 945632710

Milkweed 2016

The Wash
ISBN: 193255999X OCLC: 71800725

Parlor Press, West Lafayette, Ind. : ©2006.

To Make Room for the Sea
ISBN: 1571314970 OCLC: 1112281368

Milkweed West Lafayette, Ind. : 2020

To Make Room for the Sea is a collection of reflective poems about personal and environmental loss, and hope for the future--