Bonus Content: Listen to Clive Revill reading Bryan's poem "The Lost Word" from Starting to Nod.
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What are our assumptions? What takes us up? The Assumption is a collection of crowns that, through different voices, explores the topic of whether or not we're alone in the universe. On the surface, that means little green men. On other levels, well... I've heard the world is hollow...and I have touched the sky.
A book about being a son, having a son, being ten, having a son who's ten, watching Star Trek then and now, and seeing my father, the man who introduced me to everything important, slowly beaming out of this life. At 84 pages, it's the longest single poem I've written; it's also in haiku stanzas (a renga chain).
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Edited by Bryan D. Dietrich and Marta Ferguson, “Drawn to Marvel” is an anthology covering five decades of poetry about comic books and includes work from over 100 writers of diverse backgrounds.
Out of print, but I have copies. Contact me.
Krypton Nights, Bryan Dietrich's first volume of poetry, won the Paris Review Prize in Poetry in 2001. The simplest thing to say about Krypton Nights is that almost every poem within concerns the DC Comics comic book character Superman. The result is priceless. Sometimes funny and often heartbreaking, these poems are anything but trite. Each is a careful construction and serious meditation on our 21st century reality, how we feel and who we are.
Out of print, but available in reprint: Single Bound, above.
Bryan D. Dietrich is the author of a book-length study on comics, Wonder Woman Unbound, and six books of poems: Krypton Nights, Universal Monsters, Prime Directive, Love Craft, The Assumption, and The Monstrance.
He is also co-editor of Drawn to Marvel, the world’s first anthology of superhero poetry.
He has published poems in The New Yorker, The Nation, Poetry, Ploughshares, Prairie Schooner, The Paris Review, The Harvard Review, Yale Review, Shenandoah, Open City, Asimov’s Science Fiction, Witness, Weird Tales, and many other journals. Having won The Paris Review Poetry Prize, a “Discovery”/The Nation Award, a Writers at Work Fellowship, the Isotope Editors’ Prize, an Asimov's Reader's Choice Award, a Rhysling Award, and the Eve of St. Agnes Prize, Bryan is a five-time finalist for the Yale Younger Poets Series and has been nominated multiple times for both the Pushcart and the Pulitzer.
He lives in Wichita, Kansas with his wife Gina and their son, Nick. Professor of English at Newman University, Bryan grew up watching classic horror movies and dreaming of becoming a comic book artist.
He remains conflicted about choosing a tenure-track job over a chance to be an extra in Tim Burton’s Mars Attacks, but is comforted by several facts: the first person to be abducted in Aliens is named Dietrich, the composer for the original Mummy was named Dietrich, and the Kecksburg UFO incident occurred in December of 1965, just before Bryan was born. Further inferences are welcome.