August 25, 2009
Elizabeth Blevins, Director, Office of Communications
Office: (740) 351-3810; FAX: (740) 351-3179; Cell: (740) 464-4854
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Shawnee State University professor publishes third
Award-winning poet, Neil Carpathios, an English professor
and coordinator of creative writing at Shawnee State
University, has completed his third full-length poetry
He is the author of two previous poetry collections,
“Playground of Flesh” (MSR Press), and “At the Axis of
Imponderables,” winner of the Quercus Review Book Award, as
well as several award-winning chapbooks and limited edition
works. “Beyond the Bones” is a collection of poems from
Carpathios real-life experiences and from some of his
“Of all my three books, I’d say it’s the most tightly
unified,” he said. “This one almost tells a story.”
Carpathios keeps a journal of his poems. He writes about his
children, his divorce, his experiences and one of his
greatest influences who was his father, a surgeon.
“He used to tell me stories about his work when he came home
and I didn’t think about it until I was older just how much
of an impression those stories had on me,” Carpathios said.
“A lot of my poems have the imagery of the body.”
Carpathios continues the exploration of the body—in all its
hungers, hurts, and intense passions, as well as the dark
winding tunnels within the body.
The shadows cast by the death of his father, by a divorce
which forever changed his vision and experience of what it
means to be a father, provide a balance for the sheer joys
of living, which include imagining the erotic lives of
worms, sharing a cigar with the ghosts of dead friends, and
trying to catch laughs like butterflies in a net.
Carpathios will be at Port City Pub in Portsmouth at a book
signing on Saturday, Aug. 29, at 8 p.m. His book may also be
purchased at www.amazon.com and at www.futurecycle.org.