Albion College (1974); J.D., The University of Michigan Law School (1976);
M.F.A. in Creative Writing, Warren Wilson College (2000).
Expertise: Contemporary Poetry and Poetics,
Selected Works: Holding Down the Earth:
Poems (1995); A Path Between Houses (2000, Brittingham Prize
in Poetry); Figured Dark (Arkansas, 2007).
Distinctions: Mississippi Review Prize in Poetry (1999);
Pushcart Prize in Poetry (2000); Paumanok Poetry Award (2001); Bread Loaf Fellow
in Poetry (2002).
Contact: Lubbers Hall 302
Figured Dark (2007).
Oh the fine, brawling, pungent observation of these poems: `the
smog-brown sea,' `the baggies-drooping sea'; Homer would be exhilarated
and appalled. Greg Rappleye revives the language and revives our powers
of seeing. Figured Dark is shot through with light.
--Linda Gregerson, author of Waterborne and Magnetic North
A Path Between Houses (2000).
These are tough--minded poems about loss, and what comes afterwards-the difficult
work of rebuilding a life. Greg Rappleye gathers his material across a vast
American landscape, from the Florida Keys through the Nevada Desert to the
California Coast, rocketing around the country with some strange friends-Odysseus,
William Faulkner, Frank Sinatra, and private eye Jim Rockford. Rappleye is
not afraid to implicate the self, building a heroic persona in the classic
sense-a person in whom the flaws are as celebrated as the occasional triumph.
Winner of 2000 Brittingham Prize in Poetry.