Rodney Koeneke is author of the poetry collections Body & Glass (Wave Books, 2018), Etruria (Wave Books, 2014), Musee Mechanique (BlazeVOX, 2006), and Rouge State (Pavement Saw, 2003). An early member of the Flarf collective, he was active in the San Francisco Bay Area poetry scene until 2006, when he moved to Portland, Oregon where he teaches in the History Department at Portland State University.
(Author photo by Anna Daedalus)
Composed with an incredible, subtle sharpness, his is a poetics, and even a politics, that embrace both optimism and exhaustion.
Rob McLennan's Blog
Melding images of natural timelessness with appearances from contemporary culture, Koeneke’s collection [Rouge State] is easily enjoyed by the well-seasoned bard and poetic neophyte alike.
Reviews of books by Rodney Koeneke
Body & Glass
Rodney Koeneke's blog, Modern Americans
- “They Will Sew The Blue Sail” (in The Volta)
-“Apology to Pasternak” (in Eleven Eleven)
- “after lunch, some poems” (in Gulf Coast)
- “Eleven” (in The Brooklyn Rail)
- “Jazz Impressions of Gazprom” (in Shampoo)
- Three Poems (in Jacket Magazine)
- “Pyjamas” (in Granta)
- “I Should Feel Happy” and a discussion of the poem (from The Poetry Society)
- “La Chevy Nova” (on The Book Haven)
- “sharon mesmer” (in Lemon Hound)
- Modern Americans, with Gary Sullivan
- Late Night Library, with Amanda McConnon
- Studio One Reading Series, with Sheila Davies Sumner and Casey McAlduff
- “Hannah Weiner and Basic English”
- Reading for Machine Project's Mystery Theater Poetry Archives:
- Rodney Koeneke discusses "Poem for Bruce" (from Body & Glass) on PoetryNow with the Poetry Foundation:
- Performing with Drew Gardner’s Poetics Orchestra at the Zinc Bar
- On Poet as Radio: Part One and Part Two
- Reading the whole of Etruria at Machine Project
Reading from Etruria and Seven for Boetticher at the Poetry Center at San Francisco State University (video hosted directly by the Poetry Center): https://diva.sfsu.edu/collections/poetrycenter/bundles/231180
Reading Jackson Mac Low's "Forties 131":
Reading "Pizza Kitty" at Flarf Festival 2006:
No readings are scheduled at this time.