Aaron Shurin is an American poet, essayist, and educator. He is the former director of the Master of Fine Arts in Writing Program at the University of San Francisco, where he is now Professor Emeritus.
"A book of thresholds, middles, unfinished episodes, Shurin's latest presents a set of rigorous and exacting deliriums. First- and third-person narrators are spliced in, then abandoned to purely visceral descriptions of muscles, contours, even applause. The diction switches from archaic to pulpy noir to adult contemporary. Yet these 48 prose poems have an immediacy that holds them together perfectly.... Readers of Jorie Graham, Michael Palmer and other edgy, glossy elegists will find Shurin's modes familiar but his voice unique.” - Publishers Weekly
The Paradise of Forms: Selected Poems
"A poetry of lyric complexity, determined in its exploration of the 'personal' as a territory of multiple voices and multiple selves." - Michael Palmer