Blues for Unemployed Secret Police

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ISBN 978-1-880684-70-2
Publication Date
April 2000
Page Count
72 pages
Trim Size
5.4 x 8.5

Blues for Unemployed Secret Police

Poems by Doug Anderson

Doug Anderson's "Blues For Unemployed Secret Police" dramatically reflects his experience of growing up in the sixties, serving as a field medical corpsman in Viet Nam, and confronting the modern era where "a good torturer can always find a job". With passion, humor, and strikingly original images, these poems illuminate everything from bad politics to love gone wrong.
About the Author

Doug Anderson has written two books of poems of which The Moon Reflected Fire won the Kate Tufts Discovery Award and Blues for Unemployed Secret Police a grant from the Eric Matthieu King Fund of the Academy of American Poets. His play, Short Timers, was produced at New York's The Theater for The New City in 1981. He has written film scripts, fiction and criticism and is at present at work on a novel about human trafficking. He earned a Phd from the University of Connecticut and teaches at the Hartford campus. His awards include fellowships from the NEA, the Virginia Quarterly Review, Poets & Writers, Inc., The Massachusetts Artists Foundations, The MacDowell Colony and other funding organizations. His work has appeared in Poetry, The Massachusetts Review, The Connecticut Review, The Southern Review, Ploughshares and many other literary magazines.

"Anderson infuses his poetry with social consequences and a concern for those lives...touched by injustice or violence." -- MultiCultural Review

"Anderson's poetry is passionate, humorous, original." -- Midwest Book Review

"Simply magnificent. A miracle of language." -- Demetria Martínez