David Sanders

David Sanders, who as director of Swallow Press resurrected its legacy of publishing some of the finest formal poets in the world, is the general editor of the Hollis Summers Poetry Prize and the founding editor of Poetry News in Review. His poems and translations have appeared in numerous journals and anthologies, and his work has been compiled in two limited-edition collections, Nearer to Town and Time in Transit.

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The poems of Compass and Clock take their inspiration from the intersection of the natural world and the human, exploring the landscapes in which those intersections occur. Those landscapes range from David Sanders’s native midwestern countryside to the caves of Lascaux and an enchanted lake where relics of lost lives are washed ashore.

“David Sanders is a poet of craft and beauty. …There’re no transgressions here, no showboating, or imbalance. These are poems of simple pure vision, calm poems, motivated by a wish to say what is seen, truthfully and clearly.”

Grace Cavalieri, Washington Independent Review of Books