Dordt College News

Poetry reading by award-winning poet Robert Siegel

April 12, 2011

Robert Siegel’s poems have earned him comparisons to Keats, Frost, Stevens, and even Thoreau. His works have been called “brilliant,” “deeply moving,” and “genuine.” On April 18, he will share portions from his poems, A Pentecost of Finches and The Waters Under the Earth, at Dordt College. The community is invited to attend the 7:30 p.m. poetry reading in room S101 in the Science and Technology Center. He will also hold a reading at Covenant Christian Reformed Church in Sioux Center at 7:30 p.m., Sunday, April 17.

Siegel is known for his interest and empathy for all of God’s creatures. No matter how big or small, no creature escapes his imagination. “These poems are Christian in the best possible way. They neither preach, nor proselytize, nor prohibit; they simply celebrate with hymns of praise the light that illuminates all creation,” said the Sewanee Review of Siegel’s work.

Siegel has authored nine books of poetry and fiction, and he has received prizes and awards from Poetry, Prairie Schooner, The Transatlantic Review, the Ingram Merrill Foundation, and the National Endowment for the Arts, among others. He has taught at Dartmouth, Princeton, Goethe University in Frankfurt, and the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. He earned degrees from Wheaton, Johns Hopkins, and Harvard.

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