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NJIT professor publishes seventh poetry collection

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New Jersey Institute of Technology

Burt Kimmelman, PhD, professor in the Department of Humanities at NJIT, has published his seventh poetry collection. The Way We Live (Dos Madres Press, Loveland, Ohio, 2011) continues Kimmelman's exploration of syllabic forms. The development of these forms has been the central concern in his poetry for more than a decade, Kimmelman says, "making possible elegant statements that focus sharply on the dailiness of living with a directness matched by their palpable textures." He adds that the "practice of" what he calls "a kind of procedural writing can yield wonderful surprises."

The poet, photographer and collage artist Star Black has written that the book's "quiet poems contain the luminescence of perception, its lure, its beauty, its Zen of breath, tracing beauty in the pulse of the extant."

In addition to his previous six collections, Kimmelman has published a number of book-length literary studies as well as scores of essays on medieval, modern and postmodern poetry. Recently he has been the subject of two interviews, which now can be found online—one by Tom Fink published in Jacket magazine (in text form) and the other (a video) by George Spencer, who hosts the cable tv program Poetry Thin Air.

The poem "Taking Dinner To My Mother" by Kimmelman, which was published in his last collection, As If Free (Talisman House, 2009) was selected and read by Garrison Keillor on The Writer's Almanac, a program heard weeknights on National Public Radio. Kimmelman's work has been praised by many of the major figures of the literary world including, among others, the late critic Alfred Kazin (1915-1998) and poets Robert Creeley (1926-2005) and William Bronk (1918-1999), as well as contemporary poets Jerome Rothenberg, Michael Heller, and Harvey Shapiro, and locally the celebrated New Jersey poet and teacher Madeline Tiger.

Kimmelman received a PhD in English Literature from the City University of New York (CUNY) Graduate Center; an MA in English Literature from CUNY's Hunter College, and a BA in English Literature from the State University of New York at Cortland. More information can be found at


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