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White Shirt is the latest book of poetry from Christopher Buckley, whose work has been described by Emilia Philips in James Dickey Review as about “the crafts not only of poetry, but of memory, politics, philosophy, and probability, that present the whole of one man’s experience, of his time, including his losses and lost bets.”
Buckley, winner of the Tampa Review Prize for Poetry for Rolling the Bones, has been a vital and compelling voice in American poetry for three decades. Philip Levine, writing in Ploughshares, describes his poems as “modest, straightforward, intensely lyrical, and totally accessible . . . This is a humble poetry of great truths and profound emotions that never overstates its concerns for the events both in and above the world.”
Poet and editor Christopher Buckley earned his BA from St. Mary’s College, MA from San Diego State University, and MFA from the University of California-Irvine. He is the author of over twenty collections of poetry, including most recently Modern History (2008), Rolling the Bones (2010), White Shirt (2011), Back Room as the Philosopher’s Club (2014), and Star Journal: Selected Poems (2016). With Gary Young he has edited the anthologies The Geography of Home: California’s Poetry of Place (1999), Bear Flag Republic: Prose Poetry and Poetics from California (2008), and One for the Money: The Sentence as a Poetic Form (2013). With Christopher Howell, Buckley edited the volume Aspects of Robinson: Homage to Weldon Kees (2011).
Buckley has won numerous honors and awards for his work, including fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, and Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference. He is the recipient of a Fulbright Award to Yugoslavia, four Pushcart Prizes, the Gertrude B. Claytor Memorial Award, and the James Dickey Prize. He is professor emeritus at the University of California-Riverside.