Shane Seely

Shane Seely is an assistant professor of English at the University of Missouri–St. Louis. He is the author of The Snowbound House, winner of the 2008 Philip Levine Prize in Poetry, and the chapbook History Here Requires Balboa.

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In The Surface of the Lit World, Shane Seely draws on a wide range of sources — from personal memory to biblical narrative — to explore the stories that we tell ourselves about ourselves, the ways in which we make meaning of our lives. Seely delves into the ways in which family and environment shape us. Poems ranging from terse, meditative lyrics to more direct narratives examine the relationship between what lies visible on the lit surface and what lies just beneath.

“Here are more wonderful poems by Shane Seely, quietly readable, various, lush with imagery, hammered clean by the mind and spoken from the heart. Inspired by art and myth, poetry and music, the oldest stories told again for us here, now. These are poems of fathers and sons, daily touched by life, awakened new each morning by the clamoring world.”

Dorianne Laux, author of The Book of Men