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UI Press publishes co-winner of the 1996 Iowa Poetry Prize

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- A 1996 Iowa Poetry-Prize winning collection of poems by a former Iowan who has spent many years living in former Soviet bloc countries has been published by the University of Iowa Press.

"The Bunker in the Parsley Fields," by Gary Gildner, is a collection of poems cited for their use of everyday images and activities to create an affecting picture of marriage, fatherhood and home.

Says poet Robert Creeley: "These articulate poems move in a various world of childhood memories and the places they come to in living. Despite the miles they have had to travel, it is home they care about and so define."

The title poem refers to an apartment where Gildner and his wife, Elizabeth, lived during a 1992-93 stay in Czechoslovakia. Many of the other poems in the collection were also written during that stay, a time when the former Soviet bloc country was disbanding into the separate countries of the Czech and Slovak republics.

Gildner, who taught writing at Drake University from 1966-1993, is the author of eight books of poetry, two collections of short stories, a novel and the memoir "The Warsaw Sparks" (Iowa, 1990).

He won the National Magazine Award for Fiction and the Pushcart Prize for Fiction in 1986, the Hellen Bullis Poetry Prize and the William Carlos Williams Poetry Prize. He currently lives in Idaho.

"The Bunker in the Parsley Fields," a trade paperback original, is available at bookstores nationwide for $10.95. The book can also be ordered from UI Press by calling (319) 384-3807 (for calls within Johnson County) or 1-800-235-2665 (outside Johnson County).

Information also is available at the UI Press website: http://www.uiowa.edu/~uipress/

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