Elton Glaser

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Elton Glaser is an American poet.


He is a native of New Orleans, teaches at the University of Akron, and edits the Akron Series in Poetry.[1]

He lives in Akron, Ohio.[2]


  • 2010 Guy Owen Prize for his poem "Do the Do"
  • 2009 Guy Owen Prize for his poem "Slow Fuse Around the Cranium"
  • 2002 Marlboro Prize in Poetry for his poem, "Meditation in Blue and White"
  • 2002 Crab Orchard Award


Elton Glaser's third book of poems, Color Photographs of the Ruins, has the virtue of being relentlessly true to itself. Mr. Glaser rants against contemporary poetry --

"Nuclear ecstasy on the picket line; /
Another homily on hominy; the lacquer of tears /
Sealing in the wrath of wronged women"

-- and it's easy to see why, since his poetry exists in some lower circle of hell. His book is so bad-tempered, without joy, that it makes one wonder what to make of our era and its poetry. Mr. Glaser is an angry and forceful poet, who uses wit and contempt as a double-edged sword.[3]




Title Year First published Reprinted/collected in
Undead White European Male The Gettysburg Review Howard, Richard; Lehman, David, eds. (1995). The Best American Poetry 1995. Simon and Schuster. pp. 77–79. Retrieved 2015-02-18. 
Meditation in blue and white 2003 Glaser, Elton (2003). "Meditation in blue and white". The Marlboro Review. 14&15. Retrieved 2015-02-17. 
The coefficient of drag 2006 Poetry Magazine (Spring 2006)
Exhaustion 2006 Poetry Magazine (Spring 2006)
Least resistance 2006 Poetry Magazine (Spring 2006)
Regression analysis 2006 Poetry Magazine (Spring 2006)
Do the Do 2010 Glaser, Elton (2010). "Do the Do". Southern Poetry Review. 48 (2): 15–16. Retrieved 2015-02-17.  Henderson, Bill, ed. (2013). The Pushcart Prize XXXVII : best of the small presses 2013. Pushcart Press. pp. 78–79. 


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