David Graham was born and raised in Johnstown, New York, and educated at Dartmouth College and the University of Massachusetts. He has served as poetry editor of Blue Moon Review and been Poet in Residence at the Robert Frost Place in Franconia, New Hampshire. His poems have appeared in five other collections: Stutter Monk, Common Waters, Second Wind, Greatest Hits 1975-2000, and Doggedness. With Kate Sontag he is co-editor of the essay anthology After Confession: Poetry as Autobiography. Since 1987, he has taught English at Ripon College in Ripon, Wisconsin.
“David Graham’s Magic Shows is a superb collection of poems, creating a world largely but not exclusively American, in settings vividly but never wholly familiar. He knows our country, our childhood, our parents; the highways, farms, squalor and weather that surround us. . . His wonderfully skillful poems are alive with lovely echoes of a literature he has as much by heart as our landscape, habits, and history. This is a fine and generous volume by a poet of remarkable talent.” –Anthony Hecht