Triptych: The Three-Legged World, in Time, and Orpheus & Echo

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About the Author

Peter Grandbois is the author of nine previous books, the most recent of which is half-burnt (Spuyten Duyvil, 2019). His poems, stories, and essays have appeared in over one hundred journals. His plays have been performed in St. Louis, Columbus, Los Angeles, and New York. He is a senior editor at Boulevard magazine and teaches at Denison University in Ohio. You can find him at

Born in St. Petersburg, Florida, James McCorkle is the author of Evidences (selected by Jorie Graham for the 2003 APR-Honickman First Book Award) and The Subtle Bodies (Etruscan Press 2014). He received an M.F.A. and Ph.D. from the University of Iowa and is a recipient of fellowships from Ingram Merrill and the NEA, he teaches at Hobart and William Smith Colleges in Geneva, New York.

Robert Miltner's prose poetry collection is Hotel Utopia (New Rivers Press), winner of the Many Voices Project poetry prize; his prose poetry chapbooks include Against the Simple (Kent State University Press), winner of a Wick Chapbook award, and Eurydice Rising (Red Berry Editions), winner of the Summer Chapbook award; his book of brief fiction is And Your Bird Can Sing (Bottom Dog Press). A recipient of an Ohio Arts Council award in poetry, he has been a finalist for the National Poetry Series, the Louise Bogan Award for Artistic Merit and Excellence, and the New York Center for the Book chapbook prize. An Emeritus Professor of English at Kent State University and the Northeast Ohio MFA in Creative Writing (NEOMFA), Miltner edits The Raymond Carver Review. He lives in the historic Vassar Park neighborhood in Canton, Ohio, with his wife, the writer Molly Fuller.


Poetry's roots lie in the communal. The first sceops, or shapers of words, recited their poems to an audience gathered about the fire, and later the mead hall, one poet beginning where the previous ended. Only recently has poetry shifted to an isolated activity written by a solitary writer and read by a lone reader. Hwaet! The communal origins of poetry have returned in Triptych! What a great joy to share this space with two poets whose mythological hauntings and metaphysical musings dance so tantalizingly with my own. Buy a book. Take a seat, and welcome back to the hearth! --Peter Grandbois

In these three distinct, discrete, and demanding collections within a single cover, what connects them all is the attention to the celebrant's voice. If poetry is anything it is the pleasure of the poet in their language--whatever the poem may mean is ancillary to the velocities of language, the inhabitations that language creates, formal or densely scattering, historical or local. Each of these collections off er readers a dwelling in language, the extension of voice across poems and into poetry-making / poiesis / formations. These are individual formations and velocities, yet as the collections become proximate, they are near to each other, sharing the pleasures of this work, this in/forming. --James McCorkle

The poets in Triptych are experimenting with poetry's innovative possibilities and unexpected potential. Peter Grandbois' The Three-Legged World offers lyric meditations on stance, speech, and sonority. James McCorkle's In Time computer code-like lines explore the relationship between breath and line breaks. Robert Miltner's Orpheus & Echo evokes fragments of lost texts that straddle the intimate distance between the prosaic and the poetic. Reading Triptych, a unique three-books-in-one collection, is like attending a seminar on twenty-first century poetics. --Robert Miltner