Esteemed poet Linwood Rumney, author of Abandoned Earth, visited UC Clermont on September 30th, 2019. After a brief introduction by Professor Phoebe Reeves, Rumney took the stage and began with a soft-spoken reading. He read a selection of ten poems from his 2016 book Abandoned Earth, including “Junkyard Communion” and “Edible by Analogy,” before he went on to further impress the crowd with a reading of four of his newer poems.
Originally from Maine, Rumney’s poetry is packed full of rich and wonderful descriptions of the landscapes of his childhood and the memory of his early life. Much of his poetry takes place during the time of his childhood, such as “Junkyard Communion” and “A Child’s Tyranny.” According to Professor Reeves, Rumney’s poetry is “rich in imagery and memory.”
Rumney’s poetry, as well as his nonfiction essays, have appeared in North American Review, Crab Orchard Review, Kenyon Review Online, Ploughshares, Puerto del Sol, and The Southern Review. His translations of Aloysius Bertrand, an early practitioner of the modern prose poem in French, have appeared in Arts & Letters, Hayden’s Ferry Review, and elsewhere. He recently completed his Ph.D. as a Charles Phelps Taft Dissertation Fellow at the University of Cincinnati. Rumney lives in Cincinnati with his wife and son, and teaches at Union Institute & University, which recently honored him with a SOCHE Faculty Excellence Award.
You can pick up a copy of Abandoned Earth in the school bookstore, online at Amazon, or check it out from the library.