Edgar Bowers

1924–2000
Edgar Bowers

Edgar Bowers was born in Rome, Georgia, and educated at Stanford University. There he studied under the poet and critic Yvor Winters, who influenced Bowers's deft use of rhyme and traditional forms, as seen in the poem, "A Poet Orders His Tomb." This poetic technique, combined with a deep concern for science, society, and art, gained Bowers a small, but influential audience, despite his relatively small output and extended periods of silence. Though open to many varied influences, Bowers often disparaged American poets, looking for mentors among French poets, most notably Paul Valéry.

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"I was surprised that I was able to select poems that are so out of my usual spoken word preference. The Poetry Out Loud website has hundreds of poems that I have never seen before, and the fact that I found 3 and was able to make it so far with them is amazing to me. I guess I learned that stepping outside of the box is okay!"
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2015 IL POL Champion