Cecil S. Giscombe

Cecil S. Giscombe

Wheeler Hall, room 417
by appointment



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Ohio Railroads Ohio Railroads
Ohio Railroads is a long poem—in essay form—with origins in the author’s memory of a dream of his hometown of Dayton, Ohio.  Ohio Railroads is an attempt to explore the particular weight of the dream and, in so doing, account for some of the measurement of the accessible world.  The place of exploration is both the several neighborhoods that comprise black Dayton (neighborhoods cut into big triang....
Prairie Style Prairie Style
Prairie Style is about the breakdown of location and voice. It lays out a landscape of habitations (Frank Lloyd Wright's designs for "servantless families," fox dens in an embankment, the two-mile long face of Chicago's Robert Taylor public housing project, etc.) and crosses and recrosses the line between poetry and prose. The book is an acknowledgement of the "terrible frankness" of color, pleas....

Selected Publications and Papers Delivered

Forthcoming book--2019, Dalkey Archive Press--is Similarly, four poetry volumes and a selection of new poems.  Most recent books are Border Towns (2016, essays having to do wth poetry) and Overlapping Apexes (2017, a long poem).  Earlier books include Prairie Style (2008), Into and Out of Dislocation (2000), Giscome Road (1998), etc.  Poetry and prose reprinted in Best American Poetry, Oxford Anthology of African American Poetry, Norton Anthology of Postmodern American Poetry, Bluesprint: Black British Columbia Literature and Orature, and elsewhere.


Recent English Courses Taught