|UW-L Author:||William Stobb, Ph.D.
Stobb, William. Absentia. New York, NY: Penguin Group, 2011.
The poems in William Stobb’s second collection, Absentia, see the big picture-the sweep of history, the ongoing evolution of consciousness, evidence of geological time in the landscape. Humbled by scales beyond comprehension, Stobb is nonetheless seduced and stricken by the present in its many manifestations. Whether dealing with family, friends, or nature, the poems in Absentia, with their rich emotional palette and vivid, precise language, respond and transform, calling us to attend to the wide skies above and inside us.
About the Author
Assistant Professor of English, William Stobb's five poetry collections have garnered a variety of awards and praises, including selection for the National Poetry Series. Of Stobb's 2011 Penguin Poets volume, Absentia, Alison Hawthorne Deming writes: "The vitality of these poems, the necessity of their questioning, makes life feel deep and strange and satisfying." Stobb's poems appear regularly in journals such as American Poetry Review, Colorado Review, Denver Quarterly, and DIAGRAM. In 2012, Stobb's work was selected from 1500 entries as the winner of the editors' prize from Spoon River Poetry Review. Beginning in 2013, Stobb will transition into a position as Chair of the Wisconsin Poet Laureate Commission, and he works on the editorial staff of the award-winning literary magazine, Conduit.