Alfred Corn


Barring the Cross

Lacrimae, lacrimae
Alfred, Lord Tennyson,
Wrote In Memoriam
Sobbing with grief.

Praise from Her Majesty
(And other royalties)
Brought much relief.

Alfred Corn’s eleventh book of poems, Unions, appeared in 2014 and his second novel, Miranda’s Book, in that same year. He has published three collections of essays and The Poem’s Heartbeat, a study of prosody. He has received the Guggenheim fellowship, an NEA grant, an Award in Literature from the Academy of Arts and Letters, and one from the Academy of American Poets. In 2012 he was a Visiting Fellow of Clare Hall, University of Cambridge, preparing a translation of Rilke’s Duino Elegies, and returned as a Life Fellow for a second residency in 2013. In 2017 he was inducted into the Georgia Writers’ Hall of Fame. His translation of The Duino Elegies was published in April, 2021 by W.W. Norton. He lives in Providence, Rhode Island.