Poems by Robin Becker


Late Butch-Femme

With Two Camels and One Donkey


Carole Oles lauded the poems in Robin Becker's first book, Backtalk, (1982) "for the wit, tenacity, compassion they enlist." Since then, she has gained national acclaim for Giacometti's Dog (1990), All-American Girl (1992), winner of the 1996 Lambda Literary Award in Lesbian Poetry, and The Horse Fair, which Jane Miller called "one soulful book of poems." On the publication of her most recent collection, Domain of Perfect Affection, Michael Waters proclaimed her "one of our most generous and essential poets." Praised early on by Maxine Kumin for her "clear unafraid image in the mirror," Becker's work is muscular and sensual and clear-eyed. Shirley Kaufman called The Horse Fair an "exquisite manual on how to live." And the poet Alice Fulton writes, "Robin Becker's poetry is wise with the consolations and disconsolations of experience. At once poignant, sinewy, and honest, these lyric narratives take exile to heart and to task." A four-time nominee for the Pushcart Prize, Becker is recipient of fellowships from the NEA, the Bunting Institute of Radcliffe College, The Center for Lesbian and Gay Studies of the City University of New York, The William Steeple Davis Foundation, and the Massachusetts Artist Foundation. She is professor of English and Women's Studies at Penn State, where in 2000 she was awarded The George W. Atherton Award for Excellence in Teaching. A passionate feminist and lesbian activist, Becker also serves as poetry editor and columnist for The Women's Review of Books.





Poetry Center Reading:


Spring 2007