Poem of the Week: “The Names of the Rapids” by Jonathan Holden

By: Edward Byrne Last Updated: July 27, 2010

vprThe VPR Poem of the Week is Jonathan Holden’s “The Names of the Rapids,” which appeared in the Fall/Winter 2000-2001 issue (Volume II, Number 1) of Valparaiso Poetry Review.

Jonathan Holden is University Distinguished Professor and Poet-in-Residence at Kansas State University. He is the author of seventeen books, including poetry, criticism, a memoir, and a novel. He has won the Vassar Miller Prize in Poetry, the Juniper Prize, the AWP Award, two National Endowment for the Arts Creative Writing Fellowships, as well as several other awards and prizes.

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