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randall potts poet poetry trickster university of Iowa press

Cover art by Esther Traugot.

"Fresh, accessible, immediate."

Library Journal


“I admire the clarity, the urgency, the invention, the intelligence, and the commitment of Randall Potts’s new book of poems. A terrific book.”

Gerald Stern 


“Potts writes poems charged with an intense and loving empathy with the living and non-living things of the Earth and the spirit that animates them. His poems are grounded in images and borne aloft by the song of ancient and modern traditions. They are touched by the spirit that moves through the work of Merwin, Trakl, and Tarkovsky, a spirit that endows things with the luminous effects of golden sunlight scattered through leaves, illuminating darkness with hope.”

Geoffrey Nutter

"The constantly thwarted desire not to harm, in the face of natural and human-driven cycles of life and death, seems to constitute a central theme of Potts’s collection….the entire context of Trickster, which confronts so many of the heartbreaking and terrifying aspects of our relationship with the natural world... are beautifully and rigorously earned. "


Kasey Jueds and Ethel Rackin's review of Trickster titled “The Lives That Include Us” published in Jacket2 

I participated in a reading that was held at the Ear Inn in NYC on October 2, 1993. The reading was curated by poet Lee Ann Brown and was part of the ongoing Segue Reading Series.   I was the first reader, followed by Barbara Guest. 


A new video of a composition titled  "Gilded Tree" which is based on my poem "Fable" in Trickster is up on The music was composed by John Liberatore and is played (and the text read) by Emmy winning flutist Molly Barth. It contains images of work by artist Esther Traugot, whose work inspired my poem and is on the cover of my book. A great three-way collaboration! 

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