Christopher Cokinos was born in Indianapolis, Indiana. He earned his BA in English from Indiana University in Bloomington, where he worked on the staff of the Indiana Review. He received his MFA in writing from Washington University in St. Louis, which awarded him a university fellowship. Cokinos currently teaches at Kansas State University in Manhattan, Kansas.

"The poems of Christopher Cokinos are brave, deeply intelligent, and exquisitely clear. Whether examining a treacherous war or the birds and trees immediately outside our windows, he cracks the boundaries between 'public' and 'privy' or 'natural' and 'otherwise,' reminding us again and again of the utter necessity of reciprocal, compassionate attention at this end of the twentieth century... These poems elevate and teach. We are lucky to live with them."— Naomi Shihab Nye

    Lunch Hour, Going Back to Work

    When I step into warm December air
    And see the gray-velvet, flame-shaped buds
    On the warp and spike of winter trees,
    When my whole body goes sense-drunk
    With the smell of mud this soon, too soon:
    My mind looks past the crocus shoots, the t-shirts,
    Hears past the cardinal's call, that clear what cheer

      what cheer
    And thus beyond this beautiful thaw
    To the day's plot on the curve, the graph, the vision
    Of a smog-streaked sun, so fiercely red: how this day
    Is just another in the century's hottest year, and warming.
    On the TV above the bar, a weatherman grinned
      Stay tuned--
    for a great forecast! T. looked at his plate, saying
    We need more light than heat--to see a planet dying.



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Killing Seasons
by Christopher Cokinos

5-1/2" X 8-1/2"
60 pages

The 1993 Robert Gross Award Winner in Poetry




















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