miami university


Burning the Aspern Papers


John Drury

2003. 1-881163-41-5 / 1-881163-42-3

The title poem of this new collection received The Bernard F. Conners Prize from The Paris Review.

“John Drury’s marvelous new collection is a celebration of lives both extraordinary and everyday, from the sweet moan of a delta blues singer to the high extravagance of Baron Corvo. Deft and uncanny in their psychological insights, powerful and surprising in their meditations, these poems reflect the maturing of a true formal master, a genuine virtuoso of both soul and song.”
—David St. John

“John Drury is an enormously accomplished poet who trusts his eye, and finds words to do justice to what he sees and feels; whose technical virtuosity is enviable, and who has found a language to suit him at home and abroad, in his own life and the lives of others. To span the very considerable gap between the blues and Henry James is a feat beyond the reach of most poets; Mr. Drury brings it off with style.”
—Anthony Hecht

About the Author

Photo of John DruryJohn Drury is the author of Burning the Aspern Papers, and The Disappearing Town (also published by Miami University Press). Other works include Creating Poetry, The Poetry Dictionary, and a chapbook of poems, The Stray Ghost.

His work has appeared in The Beloit Poetry Journal, Boulevard, The Chattahoochee Review, The Cortland Review, Epoch, High Plains Literary Review, The Journal, Kansas Quarterly/Arkansas Review, The Literary Review, The New Republic, Poetry Northwest, Shenandoah, The Southern Review, Tar River Poetry, Verse, Western Humanities Review, Poetry, The Paris Review, The American Poetry Review, The Hudson Review, the anthology, Ravishing DisUnities: Real Ghazals in English, and a Pushcart Prize anthology.

John Drury’s The Refugee Camp was the 2004 winner of the Paris Review Prize in Poetry. His other awards include a Pushcart Prize, two Ohio Arts Council grants, and an Ingram Merrill Foundation fellowship.

John Drury was born in Cambridge, Maryland, and educated at State University of New York at Stony Brook, Johns Hopkins University, and University of Iowa. He now lives in Cincinnati with his wife, Laurie Henry, and their two children, Eric and Rebecca. He teaches English and Creative Writing at the University of Cincinnati.

Author Photo by: Jon Hughes/photopresse