“In this beautifully balanced, elegiac book Curtis Bauer revisits the American sublime and restores to us, in our battered, bewildered moment, its clarity and dignity and honor. These are poems of an enduring human accuracy and a restrained, muted joy.” —Vijay Seshadri. “Bauer's lens looks back on personal history, as well our collective need to be seen as a means of being, making American Selfie self-reflection at its lyrical best. Bauer fearlessly walks to the borders then crosses them. Everything he touches touches us, and is given space here…grackles, sidewalks, the constancy of dogs, alleys and horizons, tumbleweeds, prickly pears, the insistence of passion where dust and its implication of endings inundate everything. Bauer "is on a road without a name"… and we want to walk it with him.” —Vievee Francis.
Curtis Bauer is the author of three poetry collections, most recently American Selfie (Barrow Street Press, 2019). He is also a translator of poetry and prose from the Spanish; his publications include the full-length poetry collections Image of Absence, by Jeannette L. Clariond (The Word Works Press, 2018), From Behind What Landscape, by Luis Muñoz (Vaso Roto Editions, 2015) and Eros Is More, by Juan Antonio González Iglesias (Alice James Books, 2014). He is the publisher and editor of Q Avenue Press Chapbooks and the Translations Editor for The Common. He is the Director of the Creative Writing Program and teaches Comparative Literature at Texas Tech University in Lubbock, Texas.