Obsidian Blues Is a New Poetry Chapbook by Penn Professor Herman Beavers

Penn: Office of University Communications
September 18th, 2017

The line had been in his head for years: “I can’t stop thinking about corn.” Its meaning was a mystery for Herman Beavers, a professor of creative writing and literature at the University of Pennsylvania.

“I didn’t know what it was. I didn’t know what it meant,” Beavers said.

Those six words waited more than a decade to come to life. Beavers tends to write, put it away and then come back again.

“At some point I had an epiphany, and I knew how to finish the poem.”

That piece, “Hamilton Railroad Station” is one of 15 in Beavers’ new chapbook, Obsidian Blues.

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