Spencer Selby lives in San Francisco. He's the author of five books of poetry, and two more forthcoming (The Big R, Angle Press, and Task, from Zasterle Press), and two of visual poetry, Stigma (Score, 1990, and Malleable Cast (Generator, 1995). He has moved through the experimental formalism of the 80s ("This is the voice of description speaking") into a new and more highly evolved and humanistic version of the "Spencerian stanza," which he invented way back when in his more acerbic, abrasive days. Selby's recent work gives off a palpable warmth and directness that's refreshingly new. This isn't your father's Spencer Selby.

October 16, 1998