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A former winner of the Peter I.B. Lavan Younger Poets Award from the Academy of American Poets, Richard Lyons received a B.A. from the University of Massachusetts, an M.F.A. from the University of Arizona, and a Ph.D from the University of Houston. He has published poems in numerous journals among them The Nation, Poetry, The New Republic, The Paris Review, and The North American Review. In 1988, Deborah Digges selected his first collection These Modern Nights (to order e-mail rjl@ra.msstate.edu) as a Devins Award winner in the University of Missouri Press Breakthrough Series. In 2000, Richard Howard selected his second collection Hours of the Cardinal (to order e-mail www.sc.edu/uscpress) for the James Dickey Contemporary Poets Series at the University of South Carolina Press. His collection Fleur Carnivore was selected winner of the 2005 Washington prize.


Fleur Carnivore

Lyons, Richard
Publisher: The Word Works
First Edition,2006
ISBN: 0915380617
Collaborators: Richard Lyons

Belief is better than anything else, Frost said. The reader will find a credible belief in art and song in Fleur Carnivore: in eye conjoining ear, in the "cardina's lunatic blow"---belief without piety or the usual poetic cant, without fashion, expressed in an idiom that Richard Lyons has not so much invented as lived. In this book of brutal amazements the self servives its desires and its equally insatiable losses through multiplicity, each melody line rough with experience and jazzed up and forward by all its dead and living players. "Each of us must remain each," this poet says: yet in his fleet hands our solitudes have never seemed so mutual, or risen so far above dull expectations. This is a stunning collection.
-----William Olsen, author of Trouble Lights



Hours of the Cardinal

Lyons, Richard
Publisher: University of South Carolina Press
First Edition,2000
ISBN: 157003320X

A collection of poems



These Modern Nights

Lyons, Richard
Publisher: University of Missouri Press
1988
ISBN: 0826206727

A collection of poems