By Joe Survant

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Chinese Variations

“These English “variations” are very different from the Chinese originals, but they retain the insight and strong imagery of Classical Chinese poetry.  The picture generated in the mind has a similar beauty and grace.” – Tian Xiaolin

Kentucky poet laureate 2002-2004

Joe Survant

The recipient of the State Street Press Poetry Prize, the Arkansas Poetry Prize, and other accolades.  His poetry has appeared in Prairie Schooner, the American Voice, Chelsea, Poet and Critic, Stand Magazine (U.K.), the Columbia Review, Cincinnati Poetry Review, Nimrod, Hellas, Exquisite Corpse, and the Sow’s Ear Poetry Review. He served as Kentucky’s Poet Laureate from 2002 to 2004.

Other Books

The Land We Dreamed: Poems

University Press of Kentucky

“The poems in The Land We Dreamed are visions of a place, Kentucky, through deep time, all those years of beauty and blood.  They give us not just how it was, but how it felt.  They’re a true gift.”  – Kim Stanley Robinson


Anne & Alpheus 1842-1882

University of Arkansas Press

( Arkansas Poetry Prize)

Anne & Alpheus is a triumphant look at life one hundred years ago, yes, but it is also a hymn to what is best and lasting in the human spirit.” – Lola Haskins


Rafting Rise

University Press of Florida

“Rafting Rise is a terrific book, the richly detailed evocation of an entire world, and an important contribution to the literature of the rural South.” –Ted Kooser

“Survant’s words sing. . . . This is storytelling at its best.”

– Kliatt Magazine

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