Steve Kowit

Steve Kowit's Lurid Confessions is available on Amazon.com.

Three poems from the book: "Climbing the Walls," "Kowit," "A Swell Idea"

Lurid Confessions Steve' Kowit's first full-length poetry collection, had two printings with Carpenter Press in 1983 but has been out of print for years. It's been our loss not to have access to the wit and insights of so many excellent poems. Serving House Books is proud to be the publisher of a new edition.


From the Introduction

Lurid Confessions, published in 1983 by Carpenter Press, went into a second printing the following year. A few years later the book was out of print. I have no recollection of what the press run was for either of those two printings but I imagine each couldn’t have been more than a few hundred copies. The press was a one-man operation in Pomeroy, Ohio, run by the writer and musician Bob Fox. Though Bob and I had been at Brooklyn College at the same time, we hadn’t known each other back then and though we occasionally corresponded in the years both before and after the book was published, we didn’t hook up in person till decades later when I went to Cincinnati to do a reading and a workshop. Bob had been playing blues guitar and singing professionally or semi-professionally all his life and was also for many years writer-in-residence and director of the Ohio Arts Council. From what I’ve been told, in the early days in New York he had sat in with Bob Dylan and Dave van Ronk at Gertie’s Folk City and had studied informally with Blind Gary Davis in Harlem. You can buy or download Bob’s CD, Primarily Blues, at Amazon and you can find his story “A Fable” in Sudden Fiction: American Short Short Stories. Another short story of his, “The Wedding” —I think it was published in his collection Destiny News— remains one of the most magical and satisfying brief fictions that I’ve ever read. The couple of days we spent together in Cincinnati occurred only five or six years before his untimely death and I’m not sure to this day that I’d ever thanked him warmly enough for publishing Lurid Confessions. If not, I do so now....

Information about the Author

Steve Kowit is the author of several collections of poetry including The Dumbbell Nebula (Heyday Books), The Gods of Rapture (City Works Press), and The First Noble Truth (University of Tampa Press). He is the editor of the anthology The Maverick Poets and the author of one of America’s most popular books on writing poetry: In the Palm of Your Hand: The Poet’s Portable Workshop. He is the recipient of a National Endowment Fellowship in Poetry, two Pushcart Prizes, and several other awards. Kowit teaches at Southwestern College and lives in the back country hills near the Mexican border with his wife and several companion animals. His poetry has been widely anthologized.


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