Peter Campion teaches in the MFA program at the University of Minnesota. He is the author of two previous collections of poems, Other People and The Lions, both published by the University of Chicago Press.
In El Dorado, Peter Campion explores what it feels like to live in America right now, at the beginning of the twenty-first century. Splicing cell-phone chatter with translations of ancient poems, jump-cutting from traditional to invented forms, and turning his high-res lens on everything from box stores to trout streams to airport lounges, Campion renders both personal and collective experience with capacious and subtle skill.
“Campion’s gifts for controlling yet spinning the illusion of lost control in a poem are prodigious.”
“Unlike much contemporary verse that mimics the noise of modern experience, Campion’s moves through it to find the deep and ancient melodies that insist on the truth and beauty of human love and friendship. El Dorado is a richly textured and provocative collection that clearly demonstrates Peter Campion is one of the most vital voices of his generation.”
The University of Chicago Press