David St. John

Cindy Seip

David St. John is the author of 11 collections of poetry – including Study for the World’s Body, nominated for the National Book Award in poetry – as well as Where the Angels Come Toward Us, a volume of essays, interviews, and reviews. In his new collection, The Last Troubadour: New and Selected Poems (Ecco), nothing is too small to escape his notice or too large to be explored, such as the beauty of the word “guitar,” the suicide of a friend, the illness of a lover, or the texture of longing and desire. A sharp observer of landscapes within and without, St. John directs his gaze to probe both the darkest and the most inspiring parts of being human, the small moments between friends and lovers, and the groundswells that alter lives.