The Man I Was Supposed to Be: Poems (ebook)

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“Home” (Poem) Video

John reads him poem, “Home,” in memory of his mother on the first Mother’s Day since she passed.

“Loggers” (Poem) Video

John reads “Loggers” (Poem), originally published in The Atlantic Monthly.

“The Man I Was Supposed to Be” (Poem) Video

John reads the title poem of his debut collection.

Praise for This Book

Finalist for the John Ciardi Prize for Poetry
Finalist for the A. Poulin, Jr. Poetry Prize
Finalist for the Colorado Prize for Poetry
“These poems are beautifully shaped, and written with such verve that they finally become a dark, unswerving music of self-discovery. The subjects are varied – from a night time constellation to a salmon run. What is constant is the level of craft and care, and the eloquence of feeling which shines out of this distinguished debut collection.”

-- Eavan Boland, author of Domestic Violence

“John Struloeff’s poems bear witness with unsentimental tenderness and sober respect to the community of loggers and fishermen of the Northwest, men making difficult lives out of a natural world whose spiritual power they contact only as they destroy it.”

-- Donald G. Marshall, The Poetry Foundation

“John Struloeff writes solid, sonorous lines. He knows work and has respect for work. He doesn’t need to mystify you with fancy footwork. He locks into the struggle it is to be a man. I put him in the great tradition of Philip Levine and Richard Hugo.”

-- Howard Junker, ZYZZYVA

About the Author

JOHN STRULOEFF directs the Creative Writing program at Pepperdine University in Malibu, CA. His poetry and fiction have appeared in The Atlantic Monthly, PN Review, The Southern Review, ZYZZYVA, Prairie Schooner, The Literary Review, Rattle, Open Spaces Magazine, and many other journals and magazines. A former Wallace Stegner Fellow at Stanford University, he now lives in the foothills of the Santa Monica Mountains.