Rush Rankin’s philosophic poems have just been accepted by THE YALE REVIEW, HANGING LOOSE, MAYDAY MAGAZINE, and CONFRONTATION. WorldCat shows that his lyrical meditation on aesthetics, IN THEORY (Chelsea Editions, 2006) has been added to the collections of 111 national and international libraries (including Toronto University, Cambridge University, and the National Library of Australia). The first two modest editions have sold out. Among his poetry books are PASCAL’S OTHER WAGER (Word Press, 2006), BENE-DICTIONS (selected by Rosanna Warren for the Vassar Miller Prize in 2003 for UNT Press), and THE FAILURE OF GRIEF (Nettle Media, 2001). His writing has appeared in the following literary magazines: Antioch Review, Paris Review, Gargoyle, Triquarterly, Rattle, DECEMBER, ACM, Pleiades, Seneca Review, Epoch, 5AM, River Styx, Shenandoah, Spillway, Willow Springs, Chelsea, Mudfish, New Letters, Stand (in England), HEBENO (in Italy), among others.
I love Virginia Woolf, Kazuo Ishiguro, Dorothy Allison, Jesmyn Ward, George Saunders, Larry Brown, Tim Gautreaux, Clarice Lispector, Kevin Barry, Nick Flynn, Julian Barnes, Jennifer Egan. My Goodreads is in constant chaos. I have stories in places including QWERTY and SmokeLong. I’m in the process of revising a novel. In lieu of flowers, please send good vibes.