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The Temple of Many Hands by Christopher Locke

Chris writes:

My full length collection End of American Magic will be published by Salmon Poetry this September.

Christopher Locke portrait x 150Bio: Christopher Locke was twice nominated for a Pushcart Prize in poetry. A Contributing Editor for CommonLine Poetry Journal, his poems have appeared in such magazines as The Literary Review, The Southeast Review, Can We Have Our Ball Back? Connecticut Review, Tuesday; an Art Project, Alimentum, West Branch, Exquisite Corpse, Atlanta Review, The Chattahoochee Review, The Sun, Agenda, (U.K.), Descant, (Canada), The Stinging Fly, (Ireland), and twice on National Public Radio’s Morning Edition.

Chris has received several awards for his poetry, including a 2006 and 2007 Dorothy Sargent Memorial Poetry Prize, and grants from the Massachusetts Cultural Council, New Hampshire Council on the Arts, and Fundacion Valparaiso (Spain). His three chapbooks of poetry are Possessed, (Main Street Rag, Editor’s Choice Award—2005), Slipping Under Diamond Light, (Clamp Down Press—2002), and How To Burn, (Adastra Press—1995).

His first full-length collection of poems, End of American Magic, is forthcoming from Salmon Poetry (Ireland) in 2010. His award-winning play Labor Day has already been produced in New York City with plans for more productions around the United States this summer. Chris lives in New Lebanon, NY with his wife and two daughters and teaches literature and writing at The Darrow School.

Some of these poems, often in different forms, first appeared in the following magazines: Atlanta Review; Exquisite Corpse; Georgetown Review; Hubbub; The MacGuffin; Poetry Salzburg Review; The Stinging Fly; Tears in the Fence; Texas Poetry Journal; xconnect.



Family History at Sea

Song of Forgetting



Swimming Lesson

Slow Gravity

Again, Bats

Returning What Was Given


Still Life, Some Parts with Motion





hands drawing on white


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