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Your Own Ox-head Mask as Proof: Special Edition
Your Own Ox-head Mask as Proof: Special Edition

George Kalamaras

Poetry $25
Buy"This is the mouth of a cannon that fires at all conventional assumptions."
A special edition of Your Own Ox-head Mask as Proof, numbered and signed by George Kalamaras.

About the Author

George Kalamaras
George Kalamaras is Professor of English at Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne, where he has taught since 1990. He is the author of ten books of poetry, including five chapbooks. His titles include Gold Carp Jack Fruit Mirrors (The Bitter Oleander Press, 2008), Even the Java Sparrows Call Your Hair (Quale Press, 2004), Borders My Bent Toward (Pavement Saw Press, 2003), and The Theory and Function of Mangoes (Four Way Books, 2000), which won the Four Way Books Intro Series. His collaborative book of poems with Alvaro Cardona-Hine, The Recumbent Galaxy, won the C&R Press Open Competition and appeared from C&R Press in 2010. In addition, Stockport Flats recently published Something Beautiful Is Always Wearing the Trees—George's poems with paintings by Cardona-Hine. He is the recipient of Creative Writing Fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts (1993) and the Indiana Arts Commission (2001), and first prize in the 1998 Abiko Quarterly International Poetry Prize (Japan). During 1994, George spent several months in India on an Indo-U.S. Advanced Research Fellowship from the Fulbright Foundation and the Indo-U.S. Subcommission on Education and Culture.

Advance Praise

"Kalamaras laurels that part of freedom which knows no bounds except the crime of love. Read him sideways, read him backwards. This is the mouth of a cannon that fires at all conventional assumptions." —ALVARO CARDONA-HINE
“The name Kalamaras means, as everyone knows, He Who Channels the Throat Songs of the Inflamed Detectives of Southern Surreality. He has more language at his command than Peter Mark Roget, but though we recognize the words, their electrifying combinations have never been heard before. Given Kalamaras’s impressively penetrating knowledge of English literature, and his pendant for Asian poetry, Tantric Buddhist texts, and 20th century contemporary international poetry in translation, the delicious eclecticism of the poems and the velocity of their outrageously wide range of reference should be no surprise. But the alarming fact is: they are as surprising as they are addictive.” —FOREST GANDER
”…his phrases (such as the book’s title) are just as delicious as the butterflies on the cover.” —BROOKS LAMPE, the the poetry blog