Alan Michael Parker is the author of six prior collections of poems, and he has also published two novels and edited the anthology The Imaginary Poets (Tupelo, 2005). His poems have appeared in American Poetry Review, Kenyon Review, The New Republic, The New Yorker and Paris Review, and his prose has been featured in The Believer, The New York Times Book Review, and The New Yorker. He teaches writing and literature at Davidson College and in the Queens University low-residency M.F.A. program.
"Alan Michael Parker possesses a mind completely unlike any poet at work in America today, finding in the clutter around us not just sources of sadness, wit, and playful irony—but also profound ambivalence about a world in which our past is not recoverable, in which the work of the mind upon the landscape is the true source of meaning, in which we all inhabit 'the arc of Story graphed upon the axes of Love and Death.' I have long considered Parker to be one of the most brilliant poets at work in America today. Long Division, his best book yet, confirms that."
"In one masterful poem after another composed with luminous attention to the poetic line, Parker conducts the long divisions toward reconciliation between contentment and the necessity of asking more from ourselves, each other, and the world. He assures us our redemption, but proves that it requires the cunning and exuberance only a poet of his talent can muster for the rest of us. I feel blessed by these poems in Long Division, the work of a poetic troubleshooter intent on spreading grace on everything before him."