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The Occasions of Paradise
Winner of the Tampa Review Prize for Poetry.
John Blair’s previous poetry collection, The Green Girls, was the 2003 winner of the Lena-Miles Wever Todd Award from Pleiades Press, and his short story collection, American Standard, was the 2002 winner of the Drue Heinz Literature Prize and was published by the University of Pittsburgh Press. He also has two novels from Ballantine/Del Rey, Bright Angel and A Landscape of Darkness, and has poems and stories in Poetry, The New York Quarterly, The Sewanee Review, The Antioch Review, New Letters, and elsewhere. Kevin Prufer writes, “Blair’s poems are musically brilliant, ambitious, and full of gentle urgency. And, despite their sadness and pain, they are also quietly optimistic and elegant.”
John Blair is the author of three prize-winning collections of poetry, Playful Song Called Beautiful (University of Iowa Press, 2016), The Green Girls (LSU Press, 2003), and The Occasions of Paradise (University of Tampa Press, 2012), as well as the award winning collection of short stories American Standard, which won the Drue Heinz Literature Prize, one of the world's most prestigious prizes for short fiction, and two novels, A Landscape of Darkness (Ballantine Del Rey, 1990) and Bright Angel (Ballantine Del Rey, 1992).