The Cut Worm

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Douglas Korb

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Poetry. Two lines from William Blake’s “The Marriage of Heaven and Hell” served as inspiration for both the title of THE CUT WORM and the book’s division into three sections: ‘The cut worm forgives the plow’ and ‘In seed time learn, inharvest teach, in winter enjoy’. The book explores innocence, experience, and desire. “THE CUT WORM reads like a sensible dream. In it, the poet drifts as son, husband, and amazed poetic citizen. Douglas Korb’s world of memory and family and observation is all faintly humorous, faintly rapturous. He answers the world directly with its own details”–Chris Green. “The domicile, the body: these are ever under siege in Douglas Korb’s corpus. Nor is there any real sense of escape, only the courage to face unpleasantness while shoring up some humor along the way. The lyric poem, then, as a means to restoring a little peace”–Timothy Liu.


Douglas Korb has worked, lived, and studied in Spain, China, Boston, and New York City. He received a BA in English Literature from Warren Wilson College and a MFA in creative writing from the Bennington Writing Seminars. 5AM, Poet Lore, RHINO, Growler, and Talisman are some of the magazines in which his poems and book reviews have appeared. His chapbook, The Cut Worm, won Bright Hill Press’s 2006 chapbook award.

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