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Corn, Alfred (b. 1943)  
 
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Corn has received Guggenheim and National Endowment for the Arts fellowships, an Award in Literature from the Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters, a fellowship from the Academy of American Poets, and the Levinson Prize from Poetry magazine, among other honors.

A longtime faculty member in the Graduate Writing Program of the School of the Arts at Columbia, Corn has also held visiting posts at the University of California-Los Angeles, the University of Cincinnati, Ohio State University, Sarah Lawrence, Yale, and the University of Tulsa. Recently, he has also been a fellow of the Rockefeller Study and Conference Center at Bellagio, Italy, and in 2004-2005 he held the Amy Clampitt residency in Lenox, Massachusetts.

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It is a testament to Corn's talents that he is so often compared to several of the great American poets, many who happen to be gay. Yet critics seem to conclude that Corn has carved out his own space in contemporary poetry by combining unaffected honesty and a finely honed poetic skill. Further, Corn's expansive thematic reach and embracing vision have set him apart from many of his contemporaries.

Part of his singular ambition as a poet lies in setting the intensely personal against what lies outside himself--elements ranging from the European tradition of art to twentieth-century Americana. His quiet but frank autobiographical explorations and charged observations (on self, friends, lovers, city, nature, history, art) can serve as a chronicle of an artist (and man) who lived through personal and historical turbulence, who has sought out beauty and grace, and eloquently traced his own emotional, social, intellectual and sexual discoveries.

Christopher Matthew Hennessy

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    Bibliography
   

Abowitz, Richard. "The Traveler: On the poetry of Alfred Corn." Kenyon Review 15.4 (1993): 204-217.

Bloom, Harold. The Western Canon. New York: Harcourt, 1994.

Bloom, Harold. Rev. of All Roads at Once. The New Republic 175.21 (1976): 26.

Canfield Reisman, Rosemary M. "Alfred Corn." Contemporary Southern Writers. Roger Matuz, ed. Detroit: St. James Press, 1999. 84-86.

Corn, Alfred. "Infinity Effect at the Hôtel Soubise." Ecstatic Occasions, Expedient Forms. David Lehman, ed. New York: Macmillan, 1987. 34-36.

Howard, Richard. "Art or Knack?" Poetry 139.4 (1977): 226-32.

Martin, Robert K. The Homosexual Tradition in American Poetry. Rev. ed. Iowa City: University of Iowa Press, 1998.

Orr, David. Rev. of Contradictions. Poetry 182.3 (2003): 173-75.

Parini, Jay. Rev. of Notes from a Child of Paradise. Boston Review 9 (1984): 27-8.

Parisi, Joseph, and Martha Sutro. "Alfred Corn." Contemporary Poets. Thomas Riggs, ed. Seventh ed. Detroit: St. James Press, 2001. 206-8.

Reichard, William. "Alfred Corn's Attic." Lambda Book Report 8 (2000): 21.

Schulman, Grace. "Present's Gifts." The Nation (April 28, 1997): 27-29.

 

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    Author: Hennessy, Christopher Matthew  
    Entry Title: Corn, Alfred  
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