Peter Campion

Peter Campion

October 4, 7:30 p.m.

Scheuer Room, Kohlberg Hall


At a church in D.C. my infant mother

cradled in Robert McNamara's arms.

His spectacles two pendant discs of light.

His parted, slicked back hair. The priest intones

the liturgy for Catholic godparents:

"The saving water is your tomb and womb..."


Then this, then this, then this. East Asia plumed

with chemical fire. Me sitting here.

             from "The Lions."


Peter Campion is the author of two poetry collections, Other People (2005) and The Lions (2009) both from the University of Chicago Press. He also published a monograph on the painter Mitchell Johnson in 2004, with Terrence Rogers Fine Art. His poems and prose have appeared recently in AGNI, ArtNews, The Boston Globe, Modern Painters, The New York Times, The New Republic, Poetry, Slate, and The Yale Review. The recipient of a Stegner Fellowship and Jones Lectureship at Stanford University, a Pushcart Prize, a Theodore Morrison Fellowship at the Bread Loaf Writers' Conference, and the Joseph Brodsky Rome Prize from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, he is an Assistant Professor in the English Department at Auburn University. He edits the journal Literary Imagination, published by Oxford University Press.

"Campion's meticulous poems have dangerous edges. He's a major American poet in the making, if not already made."-Poetry magazine.