“It is a wave turned inward on itself
reaching a mysterious shore
and tipping an awesome darkness with white.”
V. P. Loggins is the author of The Green Cup (2017), winner of the Cider Press Review Editors’ Prize, The Fourth Paradise (Main Street Rag 2010) and Heaven Changes (Pudding House Chapbook Series 2007). His critical work includes one book on Shakespeare, The Life of Our Design. He is coauthor of another, Shakespeare’s Deliberate Art. His poems have appeared in The Baltimore Review, Bryant Literary Review, Cæsura, The Cape Rock, Crannog (Ireland), The Healing Muse, Memoir, Modern Age, Poet Lore, Poetry East, Poetry Ireland Review, The Southern Review and Tampa Review, among others. He has been a finalist for the T. S. Eliot Prize, the Word Works Washington Prize, and the May Swenson Award. Born in Birmingham, Alabama, and raised in Illinois, he holds a doctorate in English Renaissance literature and has taught at several institutions, including Purdue University and, most recently, the United States Naval Academy. Talking Drums, an art exhibition and installation by sculptor and ceramicist Andrew Cooke with music by Paddy Craig, based on his poems in The Fourth Paradise, appeared in Portaferry, Northern Ireland. His work has been featured in A Universe of Dreams, poetry and music performed nationally by Neal Conan of National Public Radio and Ensemble Galilei.
Main Street Rag's Editor's Select Poetry Series
The Fourth Paradise is filled with great care for the dead who have carried the long centuries to us. These are finely crafted poems which recognize the troubled beauty of this inheritance. Loggins melds the mythological within the ongoing history of the rolling fields of Connemara, and love's tangled arguments. The Fourth Paradise takes us to the edge of the landed world "to save what can't be saved, to hold/secure the magic of the world."
— Brian Turner, author of Here Bullet, winner of the Beatrice Hawley Award
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